Weedon’s Wanderings: 22nd August 2019

John Wilson

My PROM-inent High Point

OK, the Proms aren’t over yet, but I doubt anything will exceed my personal high (and low) points of this season. I’m sure we all have different favourites, but if you’ve not seen The John Wilson Orchestra and Chorus performing Korngold’s ‘Tomorrow’, please give it a look/listen. There are few pieces that give me shivers and prompt tears of wonder, but this is one of them!

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was born and educated in Austria, where his classical works were marking him out as a worthy successor to Mahler. Indeed, the 12-year old Erich performed for Mahler himself in 1909, and the great composer said he should go for private lessons with a top professor, as his skills were already so great that no conservatoire could teach him anything - a view echoed by Richard Strauss. However, when Nazi Germany was on the rise in the 1930s,...

Weedon Weekly: 1st November 2017

Box of tissues

I'm currently wrapped up on the sofa, nursing my first cold of the winter. My head is stuffed, but not with ideas for this blog, even though I have received several interesting emails which I shall use soon.
Fortunately, I have no work lined up which requires a stand-in. But for your amusement, here are 3 lovely stand-in stories. I hope you enjoy them, and I'll be be back soon 'in better voice'.

The singing cloakroom girl.

The missing Aida

The sudden Prom soloist


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