Alicia’s Gift: the Concert of the Novel

It’s such a treat to explore new places and new venues. I don’t live far from Perivale in West London, but somehow St. Mary’s Church has remained an enigma, until last Sunday afternoon. This fine little church, just off the A40, dates back as far as 1135. Seating just 70, it serves as the ideal…


The Melodrama or Recitation is a musical form that I love hearing and playing. Melodramas are not a popular or well-known genre in classical music yet many significant composers have written them over the years, and therefore perhaps they deserve a little more attention. A melodrama is a narrated poem or story accompanied by music….