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Oxford Lieder 2020, review

Oxford Lieder 2020 Review: Song in the Age of Corona

Covid-19 and its pesky restrictions threw a spanner in the Oxford Lieder Festival 2020 works this year, but it didn’t dampen the spirits or the music. The UK’s biggest song festival went online instead, streaming over 40 magnificent recital concerts and events, most of them live and all set in historical surroundings across the city….

Vache Baroque Festival, Dido and Aeneas

Vache Baroque Festival: Dido and Aeneas review

What a cracking start to the shiny new Vache Baroque Festival which kicked off with an enchanting production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. And a double dose of September showers did nothing to dampen the audience’s spirits. We were more than delighted to tuck into the one-hour Baroque fancy in the grounds of this…

Fantasio, Garsington Opera

Fantasio at Garsington Opera

Manolo Blahnik, who has taken up a well-heeled residence at the Wallace Collection in London, would feel right at home on the Garsington Opera stage this summer. That’s because its version of Offenbach’s Fantasio offers a powdering of Marie Antoinette (the Sofia Coppola version) with some flamboyant Commedia dell’Arte thrown in. And whilst poor old…

London Season, Social Season, summer,

The London Summer Social Season

The Chelsea Flower Show may officially kick-start the London Social Season, but for me, it’s the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy that gets summer in London off to a rip-roaring start. The world’s largest open submission art exhibition signals a tee off for strawberries and cream, cucumber sandwiches, Pimms and lemonade, racing hats, flowing…

London Diary, what to do in London this week, Dior, Designer of Dreams, V and A, Tango Fire

Dressed to Impress

I’ve taken to wearing trainers these days. Not very Parisienne,  I hear you say. I gave up on the heels when I realised I could cover so much more of London in a day with a bit of padding between me and the London beat. And recently, someone had the audacity to tell me that…

Londoness Loves October 2018

It’s a big birthday for me this month, so I’m taking a deep breath as I head into a very busy celebratory October. It’s always been my favourite month (how surprising, I hear you say?) but it’s more about the smells, the colours and the cosiness of a month where the leaves turn from burnt…

The Skating Rink, Garsington Opera

The Skating Rink at Garsington Opera

I always approach contemporary opera with a dose of trepidation. Often inaccessible and veiled in discordant notes, it’s easy to veer in the direction of more traditional composition. But as I headed back to Garsington Opera in Wormsley earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat bowled over by its latest offering, The Skating…

Things to do in London July, July events London, things to do in London this summer

Londoness Loves – July 2018

It’s a swell time of year in London isn’t it? Tennis season has kicked off, London has gone art crazy and the sun is shining! It’s a busy month ahead for Londoness with plenty of theatre and with Mark Rylance coming back to Shakespeare’s Globe, no less! And let’s not forget, this month sees the…

Garsington Opera, Wormsley, Die Zauberflöte, Magic Flute, visit Garsington Opera

Le Nozze di Garsington Opera

The French for twilight is crépuscule,  a word which conjures up that gleaming, twinkling time of day which is neither light nor dark, when the Goddess Nyx starts her magic dance. And Garsington Opera puts on a witching hour like no other with the thrilling sound of music and song from its pastoral outpost in…

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