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Gender Male
Industry Arts
Location London, United Kingdom
Introduction I have been writing professionally about music since 1985, when I worked for a year as Assistant Editor of Music and Musicians. As a freelancer, I became one of the music critics on The Guardian in the last years of the Greenfield regime, and shared very pleasurable duties with Edward Seckerson on the short-lived Sunday Correspondent. Happily, my relationship with Radio 3 has proved longer term. I have now contributed 27 'Building a Library' programmes to Saturday's CD Review and I review CDs on a monthly basis for the BBC Music Magazine. My interest in Russian music led to a study of Russian language and the first volume of my Prokofiev biography, From Russia to the West 1891-1935, published in 2003 by Yale University Press. My other books include short studies of Richard Strauss, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and the history of opera. I now divide my professional time between writing, broadcasting and lecturing. I've sung, acted and played the oboe quite a bit. Operatic roles have included Galanthus in Vaughan Williams' Poisoned Kiss (ouch) as well as bits of Schaunard, Don Alfonso, Melitone and Dandini.