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Wednesday 5th September

September 5, 2012

So this is my final daily post here, for now at least. Julie and I leave for Scotland, via the Lake District in the morning and will not return until the 18th September. I have set up seven posts that will automatically appear (hopefully). Each of these, apart from the first one, which will appear […]

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Tuesday 4th September

September 4, 2012

No post tonight. I have been charging about all evening since getting home from work trying to sort my life out enough to be able to go away for ten days, as we will be on Thursday morning. This evening I have been writing my own personal entry in the “What’s your favourite album?” series […]

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Saturday 1st September

September 2, 2012

As I write this I have just finished writing the fourth of four pieces that I hope will all make it into the next issue of The Wire. Its been a tough few days fitting all of this in around my equally busy day job, but then what would this blog be without a regular […]

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Friday 31st August

August 31, 2012

I don’t know what to write here tonight. As I said yesterday, I don’t think I will write a review for these pages until Sunday evening because I am working hard to finish quite a bit of work for The Wire. I am enjoying writing quite a bit at present, and am very much looking […]

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Thursday 30th August

August 30, 2012

OK, so as things have turned out I have found myself with quite a bit of writing to do for The Wire over the next few days, so, given that I want to do things properly, and magazine deadlines are tight, I don’t think I will be able to write a review post here now […]

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Tuesday 28th August

August 28, 2012

No post tonight. I’m partly getting myself into the groove of writing only three days a week, which will begin in September, and also working on a few other bits and pieces tonight for various other projects. While it will be odd not having to come and log in here and write some drivel or […]

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Saturday 25th August

August 25, 2012

Utterly exhausted tonight, and so not going to write a review, rather head off to bed with a book. I am looking forward to taking ten days off of work soon, not only for the rest and the chance to visit a new place with Julie, but also I am looking forward to not having […]

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Tuesday 21st August

August 21, 2012

No post tonight as I am busy working on writing for elsewhere and relistening to the BBC recordings of last week’s Cage Prom, which you can hear, until Friday, at the BBC iPlayer site, and I really recommend you do as it was a fine evening of performances, and the BBC’s coverage of it here, […]

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Friday 17th August

August 18, 2012

Well its approaching 2AM and Julie and I have only just got in from a long night in London attending the John Cage celebration Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert was actually very good indeed, some parts very strong, others not so much, but on the whole a very enjoyable and impressive evening. […]

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Wednesday 15th August

August 15, 2012

No review again today I am afraid. I have actually spent a couple of hours with some music today, a tape by Gintas K on the Copy for your Records label, but after listening through to it three times I found myself still staring blankly at the computer screen wondering what I might or might […]

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Monday 13th August

August 13, 2012

No review tonight I am afraid. My day has been pretty rubbish from start to finish, but it ended this evening with a very long wait in my car in a traffic jam that saw me not get home before 10PM, and with a headache. If I learned anything from last night it is to […]

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Tuesday 7th August

August 7, 2012

No review post tonight I’m afraid, my evening off, which I am spending with Julie. We’ve cooked, (well, Julie has) and enjoyed some homemade pasta and now, after we have both finished long days at work its time to put the feet up with a chilled drink rather than think about listening to, or writing […]

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Thursday 2nd August

August 3, 2012

No review tonight. Instead I will do something I haven’t done much of in a while and plug some bits and pieces by friends I quite like the look of (the bits and pieces, not the friends…!) Just when I keep thinking to myself that there isn’t much happening concert-wise this year things keep turning […]

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Tuesday 24th July

July 25, 2012

I’m sorry, no post tonight. I am really quite exhausted after a couple of long tough days at work and not getting much sleep last night, primarily due to the horrible humidity that suddenly hit us yesterday after many weeks and months of rain. Tonight I sit and type this while close to just falling […]

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Sunday 22nd July

July 22, 2012

Just home, earlier than usual, from a London concert, but this one started at half past five and ended at eight, which makes it one of my favourite concerts of all time. Why can’t more Sunday gigs happen at these hours? Anyway despite being home earlier I’m still a little too tired to write about […]

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Tuesday 17th July

July 17, 2012

Sorry, not at all well tonight. I had to stop the car on my way home to be sick and have got worse since. Just a virus of some kind, but I am not feeling at all well tonight and my headache is such that staring at this screen any longer than necessary is unbearable. […]

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Sunday 15th July

July 16, 2012

OK, so its 1AM and Julie and I are only just home from two quite intense days of music in London. Saturday night we went to Café Oto, where we attended a very busy and very humid 70th birthday celebration concert for Eddie Prévost, which included some strong performances, not the least of them being […]

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Saturday 14th July

July 14, 2012

An early apologetic post today, as I am about to head into London for a couple of days of concerts, beginning this evening with a gig at Café Oto to celebrate Eddie Prevost’s 70th birthday. I’m not taking a computer with me, and Julie and I are staying in London overnight so I won’t be […]

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Tuesday 10th July

July 10, 2012

No post tonight as Julie and I are taking an evening to relax, eat and drink cider in peace and quiet. I was going to post an archive flyer photo again tonight and add a few nostalgic, but generally boring words on it after, but instead I have just heard th news that our community […]

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Sunday 1st July

July 2, 2012

So today I drove Radu back from Sheffield to Heathrow, and then on home myself, a four and a half hour road trip all together, and one fuelled entirely by inordinate amounts of coffee. This evening, on arriving home I fell asleep within minutes and stayed asleep for a good few hours, such is how […]

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Saturday 30th June

June 30, 2012

So another extremely full day of sitting listening to other people working hard making music, some seven hours of it or so today, maybe around ten pieces of music played by a group of extremely talented musicians. I am however utterly shattered, and typing this whilst still finding the energy to wind up Radu Malfatti, […]

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Friday 29th June

June 29, 2012

So, I am writing this post from Simon Reynell’s living room, listening to the gently percussive sound of his computer printer spewing out half a rain forest’s worth of scores to be performed by various musicians tomorrow over in Huddersfield. Today was a quite beautiful day spent in a church in North Oxfordshire (not the […]

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Thursday 28th June

June 29, 2012

Well its 1AM and I’m not long home after an exhausting but also thoroughly enjoyable day. It started off with a long drive out into the north of the county to a remote village church where we recorded Radu Malfatti solo, followed by the concert back down in Oxford city centre, which despite horrendous traffic […]

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Wednesday 27th June

June 28, 2012

OK, so Austrian / Swiss composers and musicians have been successfully collected from their respective airports and delivered to their accommodation in West Oxfordshire ready for the concert tomorrow evening and recording sessions throughout the day. The journeys were smooth, and a very enjoyable meal in an Indian restaurant followed, during which Radu Malfatti took […]

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Sunday 24th June

June 25, 2012

Just home tonight from a rather great concert in London at the impressive V22 space in South London. This was the first time I had been able to get there, despite there being several concerts that have taken place there of late I would have loved to have attended had I been able. The venue […]

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Tuesday 19th June

June 19, 2012

I seem to have had a headache for two days now, I think because I am just overtired through working too hard and trying to get too much done that maybe I don’t need to, but its been ages since I moaned about how tired I am at the start of a review, and I […]

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Thursday 31st May

May 31, 2012
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Thursday 25th May

May 25, 2012

No review tonight as I have spent the day split between cursing this blasted heat and working on the details and poster design for the concert at the end of June that I have part organised. This is a really exciting event for me. I have never really wished to be involved in concert promotion, […]

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Sunday 20th May

May 21, 2012

Unfortunately I don’t have a review in me tonight again. I have been working hard all day on three or four projects simultaneously, which probably wasn’t the best way to approach them, but then I was never any good at organising my creative life. I have polished off a couple of Wire reviews, part written […]

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Thursday 17th May

May 17, 2012

I am working hard tonight on a few pieces for The Wire, so alas I don’t have time for a review here this evening. There is just about enough time for a smidgeon of self promotion of a kind. Over at his Just Outside blog the good Mr Olewnick has written reviews of the new […]

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Sunday 13th May

May 13, 2012

Sorry, I am not at all well this evening, suffering from sickness, headache and quite extreme dizziness. I will edit this post tomorrow when I can stand staring at a screen for longer. Apologies. Edit- Thanks for your patience. I really wasn’t too good last night. Not sure what it was, either some weird virus, […]

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Saturday 12th May

May 12, 2012

No post of value tonight. I am utterly exhausted after another long week at work, and want to get to bed early enough to be able to get up early and ensure tomorrow ends up a productive day rather than see me spend it slumped in a vegetative state wondering what hit me. I have […]

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Sunday 6th May

May 7, 2012

So I am home now after a few days in London and in total some eighteen sets of music over the past few days. We left the Freedom of the City festival a little early tonight, simply because it finished late and we had to catch a train. I am used to having to run […]

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Saturday 5th May

May 6, 2012

Another brief post then while Julie makes the coffee and feeds me chocolate buttons. We have not long got back to our hotel after the first night of the Freedom of the City festival, ,which has, as ever, been an intriguing mixed bag of music, and a lot of it too. I am particularly proud […]

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Friday 4th May

May 4, 2012

OK, so a brief post tonight as I am in a London hotel room with Julie and it is really rude for me to be online and ignoring her for long, especially given that  I have just asked her to sit in a very small, windowless and airless basement room full of people and listen […]

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Monday 30th April

May 1, 2012

Urgh. I probably should not have made the trip into London tonight to attend the Gold Mines concert at Kings Place. It isn’t that I didn’t enjoy myself, as for the most part I did (musically it was something of a mixed bag) but I started off this morning pretty tired after getting up for […]

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Sunday 29th April

April 30, 2012

OK, so no post tonight, as I have been busy doing anything but listening to music all day, and as it approaches midnight I have only just got in after an evening with Julie, and have to be up for work again in six hours. I’m not sure how this forthcoming week will fare for […]

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Wednesday 25th April

April 26, 2012

Well its late again, 1AM as I write this, after getting in not all that long ago from a lengthy day in London where I met up with some very fine people, most notably Brian and Linda Olewnick alongside their charming British friend Maria, as well as Simon Reynell and Kostis Kilymis for a short […]

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Tuesday 24th April

April 24, 2012

Sorry, no post again tonight, for a few reasons. Firstly, I got home from work quite late tonight after a particularly long and tiring day, so I haven’t had much time to listen and even less energy to concentrate. Then, while I have been home I have been listening to a CD that arrived this […]

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Saturday 21st April

April 22, 2012

Right, so tonight I was halfway through writing a CD review (of the Drouin / Olsen / Ruhlmann album on Caduc) when I lost my broadband connection. I still have the half written review on my laptop, but I am having to write this using the 3G connection on my iPad, which works fine, but […]

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