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Notes from a Vienna trip (June 2016)


I was last in Vienna in 2007. It’s been far too long between drinks. So what to do there in 2016 ? Well…..  A is for A380: For the first time (for me, anyway), a chance to fly Singapore Airlines’ … Continue reading

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2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition – Grand finale


And so to the grand finale of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.  A well-attended Auckland Town Hall audience, many of whom had attended the earlier rounds in Queenstown and Auckland, was full of expectation and we were not disappointed. It pays to … Continue reading

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Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2015 – Day 2 of the Auckland semi-finals


After three very solid performances on Wednesday night, the remaining three semi-finalists in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition completed the chamber music round in the Concert Chamber of the Auckland Town Hall on Thursday night. Chamber music as part of a solo … Continue reading

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Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2015 – Semi-finals, Day 1


This week sees the climax to the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, a biennial event and one that has gained attention and importance around the classical music world.  The semi-final rounds in Auckland, consisting of the six remaining competitors, are split … Continue reading

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Review: Eddie Izzard “Force Majeure” (Auckland, 19 February 2015)


British comic, actor, writer and soon-to-be politician Eddie Izzard played the Aotea Centre last night in the first of two sold out shows. Last here four years ago with his Stripped show, his uniquely warped sense of humour struck many … Continue reading

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Review: Borodin Quartet, Auckland Town Hall – 22 October 2014


The Borodin Quartet is one of the world’s great chamber music groups. Formed in 1945 by students at the Moscow Conservatoire its members have included the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, Rostislav Dubinsky, Rudolf and Nina Barshai, Mikhail Kopelman and a … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Phillharmonia “Glennie At Olympus” – 4 September 2014


Thursday’s Auckland Philharmonia concert was always going to be one of most sought-after concerts in 2014. If you’ve heard of Dame Evelyn Glennie or better yet seen her in action, you will know that she is a world-renowned, exceptionally brilliant … Continue reading

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Scribblings in the queue…


If I complain About the rain Will it make a lot of sense ? Or if I complain About the train Must I shout in the past tense ? And if I whine About the wine Do I looks as … Continue reading

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Ambuscading ?! Moi ?


Someone called me ‘ambuscading’ today – for those of you without recourse to a dictionary, the word originates from ‘ambush’ / “ambuscade” and generally means to attack suddenly from a concealed place. Frankly it seemed a rather odd choice of … Continue reading

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Over the Christmas break, I found an old fountain pen I used many years ago at university and to write letters.  Although the pen doesn’t work any more, it brought back some interesting memories, many of which were related to … Continue reading

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