Going Down Like a Storm – review of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, presented by Charles Hazlewood with Kneehigh theatre company.

Reivew by @ClairedeSully.  Orchestival, July 19th, 2014, Bath and West Showground, Somerset. It begins with a few thousand of us gathered in an oversized cowshed, still with the whiff of its former inhabitants, not sure what to expect. Entering this not-run-of-the-mill music venue in a drizzle of rain and ominous skies, we were here for Charles Hazelwood's performance of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.  This was part of  (in fact the only event to be staged) of the reduced Orchestival, Read more [...]

Guest Album Review – International Blue, Stephen Emmer

A timeless collection by Andy Sully "Call the tune/Will you swoon?/As I croon" sang Bryan Ferry in Roxy Music's Serenade. But pop crooning is slightly lost amid the urban clatter of  today's musical landscape. It's twin heydays in the post rock n'roll era were the Walker Brothers moodiness of the mid-60s and the sharp-suited shining pop of the early 80s. Those are the two touchstones for Dutch musician Stephen Emmer on his new album International Blue, which boldly sets out its stall Read more [...]