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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Bernhardts Ave Verum Corpus


It’s sunday night – a very necessary trip to the Catholic church on Oxford Rd. to expiate and expunge Bernhardts’ many and multiple sins. But how refreshing and replenishing is the choirs performance of Mozarts ‘Ave Verum Corpus’,  and a … Continue reading

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X Factor Twist – Jade Richards ?


The whole nation awaits  tonights revelation – about Jade Richards ?  – what will the X Factor twist entail? If ONLY it could be something truly wonderful – like for xample  Soriah – the American Tuvan throat singer seen here … Continue reading

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Mongolian Throat Singer at The Martin Harris Centre


The free thursday lunchtime concert season at The Martin Harris Centre is a source of delight, refreshment and education for the young Bernhardt. The new season started solidly with the Danel string quartet playing Haydn and Dvorak. A new universe … Continue reading

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