Paganini’s dream of ravioli and chamber music….

October 20, 2011

On Wednesday 19th, at the Library of Congress I was handed this wonderful document from their collections-a rather alarming recipe for Ravioli! Food was very important to Paganini, and particularly Genovese cuisine. In his letters, from the time he left Italy for the first time in 1828, it is a theme that returns again and again. […]

A concert for Cable Street-remembering 1936

October 2, 2011

Rehearsing Michael Rose’s ‘Hopeful Monsters’. Backstage at Wiltons-Maggie Dziekonski, Mihailo Trandsfilovski, Morgan Goff, the composer, Jess Hayes, Rachel Meerloo Composer/violinist-Mihailo Trandafilovski, Violist-Morgan Goff, Oboist-Chris Redgate, Pianist-Aaron Shorr, Composer-Michael Alec Rose. Pre-concert at Wiltons Music Hall 1-10-11   Composer Paul Pellay responds to the programme…. As usual, it was a stimulating mix which has left me […]

Paganini and Posture

September 6, 2011

Paganini and Ketch Secor at the Hollywood Bowl I am fascinated by the legacy of Paganini’s posture, depicted again and again, with enormous consistency by Landseer, Maclise, Ingres, Delacroix, Edouart and many others, not to mention countless contemporary caricatures. In 2006 a George Grosz drawing A Paganini of the Gutter came up for sale at […]

Workshop in Pristina 2007

July 23, 2011

These pictures were taken during a series of workshops which Nigel Clarke and I gave in Pristina in 2007 . Typically, we like to work from a ‘no score basis’ beginning with listening exercises and  gradually moving towards notation and agreed structures. When working with musicians who have not played so much new music, it […]

Lecturing in Nashville. Blair School of Music 2005

July 23, 2011

Peter Sheppard Skærved

July 6, 2011

Peter Sheppard Skærved

Summer 2001

July 3, 2011


The River

June 30, 2011

Early responses to the Thames. 1990

Roger Redgate

June 23, 2011

A conversation with Roger Redgate 9 10 15 (Royal Academy of Music. SOUNDBOX) It has been my honour to talk with the composer Roger Redgate for over a decade. In today’s Soundbox session, we discussed the progress of his 4th Quartet, commissioned for my Kreutzer Quartet, and premiered at Wilton’s in the summer of this […]


June 5, 2011