Monteverdi Vespers – Oxford Early Music Festival Concert: A Review

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is one of my favourite pieces of music. I am aware that this is deeply ironic as this piece was a trailblazer for what I see as so many questionable developments in western religious music. The Vespers encapsulate the instrumentalisation, theatricalisation, and harmonic-overcomplication that was sweeping through Baroque Europe, along with… Read More Monteverdi Vespers – Oxford Early Music Festival Concert: A Review

‘There lives the dearest freshness deep down things’: a sunny May bank holiday.

What does a PhD do with a gloriously sunny May bank holiday? A PhD’s work is never done, but sits glowering on the bookshelf: students’ mock exams, a chapter to redraft, a bibliography to finish. So, obviously, the feckless postgraduate puts on their trainers and heads out into the countryside. As to the trainers, I… Read More ‘There lives the dearest freshness deep down things’: a sunny May bank holiday.