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…and welcome to 2018

First and foremost a very happy and healthy 2018 to all our devoted followers! It falls to me once again to look ahead and pick out some of the anniversaries which I am particularly looking forward to. The last few … Continue reading

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‘An experienced traitor’: Hans Keller and the English language

Nothing to do with music for once, this week – or not directly anyway (or is it?). No-one who reads anything written by Hans Keller – whether it be a concert review for Music Review, a piece for the Listener, … Continue reading

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Luther 500: some musical aspects

Today, Friday 10th November is Martin Luther’s 534th birthday and last week marked the 500th anniversary of the day he nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, precipitating what David Starkey in his BBC programme … Continue reading

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Cads, bounders and unbecoming women in opera and song: episode one

Our latest exhibition at the UL Music Department, launched this week, explores the darker side of opera and song. We begin our mini-series of exhibition-related posts with a look at some of opera’s less-than-delightful characters. Villains abound – think of … Continue reading

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Songs of War: Passchendaele 1917

This month, the University Library entrance hall display cases feature Basil Godfrey Quin, MC whose regiment, the Cambridgeshires, was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres (also known as Passchendaele) which took place between July and November 1917 and in … Continue reading

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“At a festival you are bound to enjoy yourself”: Hans Keller at the Edinburgh Festival

Founded by Rudolph Bing, Henry Harvey Wood and Sidney Newman, The Edinburgh Festival celebrates its 70th birthday this year – to which we at MusiCB3 wish many happy returns! There is an excellent account of the generation of the Festival … Continue reading

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Water Music 300

This month, Handel’s Water Music celebrates its 300th birthday, so we here at MusiCB3 thought we’d take a moment to slip anchor, and go on a little sailing trip for ourselves to see what we might catch. And may I … Continue reading

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