Dmitri’s Leningrad Score

  This is the story of a symphony which is frequently performed at a cemetery  in St Petersburg ( formerly Leningrad). Over half a million victims of the terrible 900 day seige of the city are buried here.  This seige was...

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Black Poetry Matters

I am trying to discover where the oldest musical instruments are to be found. Expecting to find these in Africa. Thought I should listen to what young Black voices are saying today. Danez Smith is the author of two books, the...

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I’m Going to Graceland

Paul Simon is one of my musical heroes.  I have had the privilege seen his wonderful band perform outdoors at Edinburgh castle.  I have bought his records.  I am a fan. To say he is an impressive songwriter, guitarist and...

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9/11 and the Boss!

Bruce Springsteen watched on helplessly with the rest of the world as the second plane flew into the twin towers on September 11, 2001.  He was in New York, only 15 miles away and that afternoon could actually see in the...

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