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Leonardo drawings at Buckingham Palace

At the exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci – A Life in Drawing’ in the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. The exhibition is a survey of the drawings of Leonardo from throughout his career, from Florence to Milan and on to Rome, and then … Continue reading

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Bruckner 8 at the Proms

Back at the Royal Albert Hall for another Proms concert. Six Bach organ works played by Michael Schönheit made up the first half. The second half was a superb performance of Bruckner’s 8th symphony played by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig led … Continue reading

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Beethoven 9 at the Proms

At the Royal Albert Hall, London, for an excellent Proms concert. Two world premieres were performed in the first half: ‘We Are One Fire’, a choral work by Jonathan Dove, and Swiss composer Dieter Ammann’s ‘Piano Concerto’, with soloist Andreas … Continue reading

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Natalia Goncharova at Tate Modern

At Tate Modern in London for the exhibition ‘Natalia Goncharova’. Goncharova (1881 – 1962) was the most high-profile female artist of the Russian avant-garde. Together with her lifelong partner, Mikhail Larionov, she was at the forefront of artistic developments in … Continue reading

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Kenwood House, Hampstead

At Kenwood House, Hampstead, London to see its impressive collection of paintings, including the amazing ‘Self-Portrait’ by Rembrandt and Vermeer’s ‘The Guitar Player’. Frans Hals ‘Pieter van den Broecke’ (c.1633) Rembrandt ‘Self-Portrait’ (1665 – 69) Johannes Vermeer ‘The Guitar Player’ … Continue reading

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Festival du 8 de Montcabrier

In Montcabrier in the Lot for the annual visit to the Festival du 8 de Montcabrier. A very eclectic selection of works, with a first half of pieces connected by the theme of travel, with Felicien David’s ‘Marche de la … Continue reading

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Quatuor Akitania in the Dordogne

An extremely enjoyable concert in Saint-Chamassy in the Dordogne, part of the XXXI Festival Musique en Périgord. Quatuor Akitania played a very varied programme, including  Bach and Mozart, Shostakovich String Quartet no. 8 and works by two new, to me, … Continue reading

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