Sir Stephen Cleobury, my Father and the Meaning of Christmas

When I think of Sir Stephen Cleobury who has just died my image of him is conducting the service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge on Christmas Eve. © Kevin Leighton/King's College, Cambridge The festival of Christmas was central to my relationship with my Father who died twenty-five years ago.  I always used to listen to …

Review – Martinů The Greek Passion

Nicky Spence as Manolios with the Chorus of Opera North, The Greek Passion © Tristram Kenton Opera North   The Lowry, Salford Saturday 16 November 2019  A visually striking production of a topical drama  ****  ‘The poor are always with us’. So are refugees, and Martinů’s message in his opera the Greek Passion is both topical and timeless. The …