Author Archives: Paul Crabtree

Beethoven On the Floor

A recent home performance of some string and flute quartets promised a nice personal counter to the increasingly anonymous concert hall experience. The thought of a couple of Mozart flute quartets and some Beethoven in someone’s home seemed like an invitation too … Continue reading

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Peabody Chamber Opera, February 2016

The Ghost Train will receive three performances in the Roundhouse of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, February 11, 12, and 13, 2016. JoAnn Kulesza conducts the students of Peabody Chamber Opera in the first fully staged performances.

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Cantori New York, November 14, 2015

The Valley of Delight will feature in Cantori New York’s first concert of the season, conducted by Mark Shapiro. Saturday November 14, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, New York, 8pm.

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NCCO Conference, November 13, 2015, Portland OR

The Valley of Delight will be featured in the Headliner Session of the NNCO Conference on Friday November 13, 2015. Simon Carrington conducts the Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West. St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 7.30pm

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The Popular Agenda

My mother was horrified by The Beatles’ I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1964.) She felt that the song’s overly forward message heralded a downturn in decorum and general civility. The repetitive panting of the lyrics and the explosive tribal yodeling was a far cry from the songs of … Continue reading

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Working for The Man

Robert Tressell’s novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, published posthumously in 1914, has become a recommended text for initiates into the Socialist movement. It is a dispiriting text in need of a good editor. The plot is episodic and disconnected, the characters don’t develop … Continue reading

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BBC Singers 90th Anniversary Concert

Wednesday September 24th, St. Giles Cripplegate, London. The BBC Singers celebrate their 90th year with a review of pieces that they have commissioned, and a newly commissioned piece Flite by Paul Crabtree. Text from Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Tickets and information here.

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The Cardinall’s Musick 25th Anniversary Concert

Saturday July 26th 2014, Wigmore Hall, London. Andrew Carwood conducts The Cardinall’s Musick in a review of the highlights of their last 25 years. Concert includes The Valley of Delight by Paul Crabtree, originally commissioned by the St. Magnus Festival. … Continue reading

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Mentioning Sticks and Stones

This week’s suicide of Lutterworth teenager Hannah Smith is tragic and incomprehensible. Seeking solace and advice online for a common teenage skin condition, she was verbally hounded and bullied by anonymous contributors to the site Ask.fm to the point where she took … Continue reading

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Music and Sales – Let’s Get Naked!

In the 50s, 60s, and 70s American corporations and manufacturers commissioned reputable and successful composers (such as Kander and Ebb, who also wrote Cabaret) to write large-scale Broadway-style musicals that would energize the sales force. These Industrial Musicals were fully staged and … Continue reading

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