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September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

Cilea: L’arlesiana (Susan Elkin reviews)

Opera Holland Park Education is a progressive realisation of our own ignorance, as Einstein said. The same applies to classical music and...

September 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

A Fool’s Paradise and The Happy Princess

Garsington Opera at Wormsley The Happy Princess by Paul Fincham and Jessica Duchen, loosely based on an Oscar Wilde story, is a mini-masterpiece....

August 25, 2019 Susan Elkin

Carry on Dying

Till death us do part. That’s what we vowed at St George’s Church, Forest Hill back in 1969 and we both kept...

August 18, 2019 Susan Elkin

Widow in waiting

My Loved One has now been in palliative care for what feels like a very long time indeed. I’m writing this as...

August 11, 2019 Susan Elkin


This horrible, hideous, hair-raising story is nearly over. Last Wednesday I was called into the hospital at 2.30am. I got there in...

August 7, 2019 Susan Elkin


When you are struggling with the hardest job you ever do – trying to raise a child half-decently – and you’re heading...

August 4, 2019 Susan Elkin

Letting Go

Letting go You lie, dying Inch by inch. While I am brightly, tightly alive In my rainbow summer clothes, Smelling of outdoors...

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