John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

June 17, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Playhouse, June 6 6/10 One could become an outsider at school just by not watching the must-see soapie of the time. Now the whole world seems split into two camps: those obsessed with Game of Thrones, and those who can’t tell their Lannisters from their Starks. The latter, presumably, are…

June 11, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concourse Concert Hall, June 4 8.5/10 And then it happens: her chocolatey contralto disappears like a missile into the ozone layer, leaving vapour trails of improbably high notes. It’s not the range that floors you (although I’ve probably never heard a singer with more), but the beauty: the complete absence…

June 10, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Verbrugghen Hall, June 2 9.5/10 The theory is so simple: leave your ego and all your hours of practice at the door, and let the music play itself. Were it that easy, of course, everyone would do it. In fact shedding the baggage can be even harder than mastering the…