Concert: Rachmaninoff and Enescu at Cadogan Hall, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


The Christmas tree that towered over the stage of the Cadogan Hall on 17th December 2015 gave a magical, festive atmosphere to this concert at Cadogan Hall. The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London had their debut here in 2013, and two years later their reputation for innovative programming and quality performances remains untarnished. Conductor Christopher…

Lucy Murphy | 26/12/2015
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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: ‘Call Me Marianna’ (Bielawska, 2015) reviewed by Lucy Murphy


Call Me Marianna is Karolina Bielawska’s  first Polish feature film: a documentary about a man’s decision to undergo gender reassignment. A hit at the Sao Jorge International Queer Film Festival, it previously won four awards on its premiere at the Krakow Film Festival too, and it’s easy to see why: with recent media coverage of…

Lucy Murphy | 20/11/2015
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Violin and Piano: Clara Cernat and Thierry Huillet at the RCI, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


The grand old building of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Belgravia was the venue for tonight’s concert, where renowned duo Clara Cernat (violin) and Thierry Huillet (piano)  played a programme of musical masterpieces, with works by Enescu, Saint-Saens, Gershwin and many more. The concert was dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Colectiv…

Lucy Murphy | 09/11/2015
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Norwegian-Czech Jazz Quartet at The Spice of Life, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


It’s not often a pub in London survives two world wars only to end up becoming a thriving 21st Century Jazz Club, but The Spice of Life on Cambridge Circus has done just that and The Norwegian-Czech Jazz Quartet (NOCZ) exploded onto the stage tonight with their fiery, free jazz. NOCZ is a Norwegian/Czech band…

Lucy Murphy | 30/10/2015
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Harpsichordist Alina Ratkowska at the Handel House Museum, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


It was Handel’s very own recital room at the Handel House Museum, Brook Street, where Alina Ratowska’s London concert took place. A resonant nostalgia filled the room: here Handel himself rehearsed his musicians and singers between 1723 and 1759.  Ratowska, born in Gdynia, Poland (1976), gave us here an eclectic Baroque programme on the harpsichord with…

Lucy Murphy | 20/10/2015