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Oliver Condy Editor

The Qatar Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra, an en­sem­ble made up of some of the finest play­ers from around the world, cel­e­brates its first decade this year. I was for­tu­nate enough to spend a few days in Qatar’s cap­i­tal Doha back in March and to at­tend its per­for­mance of Ber­lioz and Haydn at the Katara Opera House. There’s no doubt that this is an en­sem­ble with a bright fu­ture.

Jeremy Pound Deputy editor

The date on which this we are send­ing this is­sue to press – 29 March – seems to have been in the news quite a bit of late! It has also been marked in my di­ary for a very dif­fer­ent rea­son: a con­cert of Vi­valdi’s Glo­ria, per­formed by one of my favourite lo­cal choirs. I’ve been pre­par­ing for the oc­ca­sion by re­fa­mil­iaris­ing my­self with the 1966 record­ing by the Choir of King’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, com­plete with Janet Baker (left) as the mezzo soloist. Glo­ri­ous, in all sorts of ways.

Re­becca Franks Manag­ing editor

Clara Wieck was only a teenager when she wrote her Pi­ano Con­certo in A mi­nor, and we’re in luck that she wrote it at that age be­cause later on, in short, life took over and com­pos­ing fell by the way­side. As one of those prodi­gies with far more than their fair share of the mu­si­cal tal­ent pool, the young Wieck knew how to write a bril­liantly pi­anis­tic piece, both vir­tu­osic and po­etic. I’ve en­joyed Howard Shel­ley’s lively new record­ing of it for Hype­r­ion.

Michael Beek Re­views editor

I was in Cologne re­cently and took a train to Bonn. I was so look­ing for­ward to soak­ing up all things Ludwig, es­pe­cially the Beethoven­haus mu­seum. Un­for­tu­nately it was closed for re­fur­bish­ment, as was Bonn Cathe­dral. Things bright­ened up with a jolly pa­rade by the city’s Cadette Corp, how­ever, which oom-pa­hed its way through some de­light­ful brass dit­ties and, yes, a bit of Beethoven.

Freya Parr Edi­to­rial as­sis­tant

Noth­ing sig­nals the start of a Bri­tish spring quite like sit­ting shiv­er­ing in a dingy pub with an over­priced beer and a group of bearded blokes singing tunes about the sea. That was ex­actly what March had in store for me …and I loved it. The Harry Browns of Bris­tol were a great dis­cov­ery, win­ning me over with their mu­si­cal and sar­to­rial charm. Ten points for their match­ing hand­ker­chiefs too.

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