James Hardie

Reaction Contributor

Friday, 27 March 2020

Radio Reaction: Foot-stomping tracks

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings I remember first hearing this work as a child, and being immediately enraptured …

By James Hardie

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Radio Reaction: Goldberg Variations for the sleep-deprived

Goldberg Variations, Johann Sebastian Bach, 1741 One of the few works to be published during Bach’s own lifetime, the Goldberg …

By James Hardie

Monday, 23 March 2020

Radio Reaction: Sinatra's very good year

It Was A Very Good Year, 1965, Frank Sinatra Stockpile nostalgia. That’s what’s needed right now. And that’s exactly what …

By James Hardie

Saturday, 2 November 2019

On the same team at last – Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter in harmony

I had the rather surreal experience a few years ago of watching a film about American composer Steve Reich in …

By James Hardie

Friday, 5 April 2019

Rattle and Sellars team up to stage Bach's St John Passion in magnificent style

Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars first collaborated to stage Bach’s St John Passion in 2014. Back then it was …

By James Hardie

Friday, 22 February 2019

Review - Steve Reich's bionic balance on show at Southbank Centre

Watching the players of the London Sinfonietta and singers of Synergy Vocals last Tuesday evening was akin to watching a …

By James Hardie

Friday, 8 February 2019

Review - Mixing up Mozart at Southbank Centre

Always one to question received wisdom, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment decided to question Mozart’s on Monday evening. Rather …

By James Hardie

Friday, 1 February 2019

A concert in complete darkness - Solstices by Georg Friedrich Haas

The organisers of Reykjavík festival Dark Music Days clearly underestimated quite how popular the world première of a new piece …

By James Hardie

Friday, 14 December 2018

Smaller music festivals showcase the best of the UK's classical music scene

York Hall, the home of British boxing in Bethnal Green, has welcomed the likes of David Haye, Lennox Lewis, and …

By James Hardie