Monthly Archives: May 2012

AD100

The Guardian website has posted my article on Alfred Deller today, on his hundredth birthday, which you should (obviously) read. Here are some more thoughts. Alfred Deller (1912-1979) Not every musician can be in the position of reviving an artform that … Continue reading

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human voice watch

I don’t know if Kneehigh director Emma Rice has been reading Viola d’odio (or more particularly petemaskreplica’s tart comment to ‘the closest thing to a spurious comparison’), but it was gratifying to read her in today’s Guardian G2 Portrait of the … Continue reading

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how many points make a star?

Readers tend to like them, editors certainly like them. Critics don’t particularly like them and neither do performers unless they are given a lot, in which case they will probably turn a blind eye. Pretty much every newspaper or magazine … Continue reading

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the closest thing to a spurious comparison

Oh no, not again. ‘The thing I love about saxophone,’ says Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet in a Guardian article, ‘is you’re virtually singing into it: it’s the closest thing to the human voice.’ That’s a funny thing, because I … Continue reading

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I’m Toby Deller…

…and idiocy is all around. Freelance viola player and writer on classical music.  Could be busier, to be honest…

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