A Conversation with Howard Blake

Let’s get one thing clear. Howard Blake has written plenty besides the music to the The Snowman. The septuagenarian British composer reminds me of this himself in no uncertain terms when we speak; not that I need it: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is doing a good job of that already, having scheduled a concert this September devoted to Blake’s orchestral output.

Young musicians have the experience of a lifetime playing at the Royal Albert Hall

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Thirty young musicians from North Lincolnshire played to a worldwide audience when they took a curtain call with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The students from the North Lincolnshire Music Support Service Centre, based at Frederick Gough School in Bottesford, were left starry-eyed after making their debut at the BBC Proms before more than 4,000 fans on Sunday (July 23).

Prom 11: Ten Pieces Presents...RPO/Cottis, Royal Albert Hall

THE TELEGRAPH ★★★★

“Ten Pieces presents Sir Henry’s Magnificent Musical Inspirations” declared the programme of this children’s Prom. The reference was to the BBC’s classical music education programme “Ten Pieces”, which has so far reached four million people. That’s a great result, but to name something called “Ten Pieces” as “presenter” of a Prom containing 14 pieces seemed very odd. Sometimes, the BBC’s obsession with branding gets out of hand.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/concerts/bbc-proms-2017-reviews-best-proms-far/

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