• Rotterdam,  Music

    Gustav Mahler’s 2nd Symphony during Lockdown

    On 14 May, 2020, a concert  by the Rotterdam Philharmonic commemorating 80 years since the bombing of the city of Rotterdam was to have taken place. We were to have performed  Mahler’s Second Symphony under the direction of our chief conductor Lahav Shani for this occasion. Much to my regret the concert didn’t take place due to the lockdown put in place to deal with the coronavirus outbreak . Instead of the planned performance the orchestra website presented an earlier performance of the same symphony under the direction of Bernard Haitink. What an exciting performance that was!  Vivid memories of that concert commemorating the same event thirty years ago came flooding back.…

  • London,  Music

    An evening at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    The Sleeping Beauty by the Royal Ballet on 11 January 2020, 7:30pm The lively Covent Garden district has many theatres, restaurants and shops, and whenever I visit this place, it’s always full of people. This is one of my favourite areas to just walk around, watch street acts or music at the square with the Market in the centre, go to Whittard’s to get some favourite English tea in pretty tins, and I am always curious to see what’s on at the Royal Opera House on the northeast corner of this vibrant market piazza ( the main entrance at Bow Street) The present building dates from 1858 after a fire…