Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Google’s doodle today celebrates the great leap-yearian Rossini: Love it! What better day to pull out the old Bugs Bunny classic as well:

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The logic of infanticide

The Journal for Medical Ethics has caused quite a stir by publishing an article by Giubilini and Minerva which argues for the validity of infanticide (or “after birth abortion” as they try to euphemise it). I actually had a recent discussion on this very issue, and so I thought I’d add my thoughts on the issue (and indeed, why articles like this may actually serve anti-abortion arguments) […]

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The singing shopper

The singing shopper

My friend and fellow baritone Gary Griffiths took this video in his local Sainsbury’s  the other day. Brilliant stuff.

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Scripture as Performance

I’m very pleased to have my first guest posts over at my blog A Borrowed Flame. Alastair Roberts has written a double-header exploring the idea of scripture as performance:  Before the invention of the steam-powered printing press, and also before Gutenberg and earlier book technologies, the Scriptures and engagement with them necessarily took a very different form. For the vast majority of Christians, the Scriptures […]

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Fresh Words: Scripture as performance (2/2) by Alastair Roberts

Fresh Words: Scripture as performance (2/2) by Alastair Roberts

This is the second part of Alastair Roberts’ guest contribution looking at a performance analogy of the bible. If you haven’t already, read the first part here.   Scripture as God’s Fresh Word Reading the New Testament we can be struck by the manner in which Scripture is regarded as speaking with incredible directness to its hearers, even though they are far removed in time and […]

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A visual guide to composing arias

A visual guide to composing arias
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Fresh Words: Scripture as Performance (1/2) by Alastair Roberts

Fresh Words: Scripture as Performance (1/2) by Alastair Roberts

I’m very excited to welcome Alastair Roberts as the first guest contributer here! I came across Alastair on twitter and subsequently, his blog, and have been enjoying his thoughtful writing. After spotting a comment he made about the performance nature of scripture, he generously agreed to expand on that idea here. Here is the first of two parts:   Fresh Words There is an expression […]

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Stealing Herz: what about Verdi pitch?

Stealing Herz: what about Verdi pitch?

  As google is telling me it’s Heinrich Rudolf Hertz 155 birthday today, it seems only fitting to highlight this fascinating video I saw recently (thanks to The Diction Police): It’s an issue I’d been thinking about recently. German orchestras play at A = 443 Hz, which I’m told is thanks to Karajan, who liked the brilliance it gave. I’m pretty convinced by the argument […]

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To be a successful artist…

To be a successful artist…

To be a successful artist, one must do more than reproduce and recreate. To be a successful artist is to go beyond and push boundaries. One must acknowledge the giants upon whose shoulders we stand, yes, but we must also be committed to describing the landscape that we can see which the giant cannot. A successful artist adds, if even only a fraction, to the whole of human […]

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The scourge of Nomophobia

Are you reading this on your smart phone? The LA Times reports: Do you feel anxious if your cellphone isn’t nearby? Does just the thought of losing your phone make your heart pound? Do you keep an extra phone on hand, just in case your primary phone breaks? Do you sometimes take it to bed with you? If the answer to any of these questions […]

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The debate of Klinghoffer

The debate of Klinghoffer

The last few days have seen a bit of controversy in the media about English National Opera’s new production of John Adam’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer (see the Telegraph & the Independent). A few of my twitter contacts are involved in this production and have been chiming in, and Chris Maltman who is in Penny Woolcock’s film adaptation (which I saw several years back) has also given […]

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Baroque & Roll on German TV

A bit of shameless self-promotion (which is usually confined to my singing blog) – here I am on ARD / SWR in my all-singing, all-dancing part in Handel’s Alessandro (click through to watch the clip):

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