Category Archives: Classical Music

Rappers Delight – Waltons Facade at The RNCM


A rather special event for Bernhardt considering the lineage. But two fold musings :1. Was this the beginning of rap ? (1922) 2.Was it a vital part of being a British 20th century classical musician to have a snappy name … Continue reading

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How to tie your bow tie !


Bernhardt’s patience is finally exhausted by those mischievous muffins, The Charleston Charlies. Brilliant musicians as they are, they seem to have a distinct inability to tie their bow ties !

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Quatuor Danel – the fab four !


Bernhardt was so envigorated by the performance of the Quatuor Danel at The Martin Harris Centre, of the Haydn String Quartet no. 5 followed by Shostakovich Quartet no. 9, on the spur of the moment he risked being ejected from … Continue reading

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BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall – Symphony no. 1


Haydns first symphony , Mozarts symphony no.1, Prokofievs symphony no.1 and Brahms symphony no. 1 – performed at The Bridgewater Hall on a rainy Manchester night in October , by the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.  It was also … Continue reading

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RNCM lunchtime concert – Bewitched


Not normally  a fan of playing at the extremities of the instrument – Bernhardt and the lunchtime concert audience were seduced by an enchanting performance of Vadim Karasikov’s ‘Casus in Terminus’ for sax, cello and piano – given by  William … Continue reading

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The Halle & John Lill – Beethovens 5th (piano concerto)


Thursday night, and Bernhardt  treated Mrs. B to the majesty of the Bridgewater hall and the Halle Orchestra, generously  splashing out on  choir seats – ‘ close enough to flick ice cream onto the music’, noted Bernhardt. First up was … Continue reading

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The Halle – The Rite of Spring at The Bridgewater Hall


Bernhardt and Mrs. B were delighted to be part of a full house for a riviting performance of an excellent  programme – Beethoven’s first symphony, Bartok’s piano concerto and the Rite of Spring.  Thank you Mark Elder and the Halle … Continue reading

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