Album review – Chemical Reactions by Gavin Harrison and Antoine Fafard

***** Gavin Harrison and Antoine Fafard prove that fusing jazz, rock and classical music does work Graphic design by Antoine Fafard In music, the words 'fusion' or 'crossover' used to a warning for any sensible music lover to run for the hills. Very fast. Musical genres such as classical, rock, pop and jazz have worked …

Review – iamthemorning – Counting the Ghosts

***** A deliciously dark Christmas treat Counting the Ghosts by iamthemorning is out on 4 December iamthemorning are a Russian chamber prog duo consisting of Gleb Kolyadin on piano and Marjana Semkina on vocals. According to their Bandcamp web page they specialise in writing songs about 'dead Victorian girls and premature burials'. Their last album …

Review – Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites

RNCM soloists, chorus and orchestra RNCM Manchester Saturday 14 December 2019 A stunning staging of Poulenc's emotional opera **** This was the final performance of the RNCM's staging of Poulenc's opera, Dialogues des Carmélites, set in a Carmelite monastery during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. It's a deeply religious work appearing towards …

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 …