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July 14, 2016 Susan Elkin

Ears Pricked? (daft essays no 1)

Note: A few years ago I was commissioned to write pieces for a series of American humour books. They were meant to...

July 5, 2016 Susan Elkin

An amaryllis isn’t just for Christmas

Someone is bound to give you one for Christmas. It flowers once – usually a spectacular trumpeting of large-scale colour – and...

July 5, 2016 Susan Elkin

Verdi Requiem (Susan Elkin reviews)

Canterbury Cathedral, 18 June 2016 Yes, it’s Verdi’s greatest opera. The passionate intensity, the astonishingly colourful orchestration (the piccolo cutting across the...

June 17, 2016 Susan Elkin

Getting (back) into music

Learn to play, read and enjoy music in childhood and, however much you neglect it in adult life, it’s always there, hardwired...