Sounds Like an Orchestra

Time was when every great orchestra of the world had a distinctive and recognisable sound. Now they are accused of all sounding the same: professional but somewhat characterless. In this age of globalisation should we expect anything different? And does resistance to it sound like protectionism?

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Is Nationalism Betraying our Humanity?

9780316284363_cover_epubI first heard of Natan Sharansky in the early ’80s at a concert in the Royal Festival Hall. It was a programme of  Russian music played by a visiting Soviet orchestra.

Barely five minutes into the opening symphony by Prokofiev a block of protesters sitting on the other side of the auditorium stood up, chanting, “Free Sharansky! Free Sharansky!”

It was the highlight of the evening.

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