David Oldroyd-Bolt

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March 01, 2018
It started not with a kiss, but with a tweet. When I moved to London from Yorkshire in January 2013 I took to the platform with avidity bordering on mania. Here was the perfect way to be in touch with the people whose columns, pronouncements and screeds I devoured each day. So, like a particularly
December 21, 2017
In those long and languorous hours of Christmas afternoon, when the turkey lies demolished and the Queen has said her piece, there’s little left to do but drink and snooze. The children’s toys are all played out. Your parents’ bracing walk has left them drained. The hours you spent last night in wrapping, writing, basting,
November 02, 2017
The Age of Decadence by Simon Heffer, Random House, £30 There is a view, commonly held, that grand narrative histories are a thing of the past. Like telegrams, smoking in trains and old maids cycling to Evensong, they have passed out of life and into collective memory. This view is mistaken, as Simon Heffer proves
January 26, 2017
The English pianist Daniel Grimwood’s latest disc, Henselt: Piano Works, on Edition Peters’s fledgling record label, is a fine selection of piano pieces by a now-forgotten genius of the instrument. Adolph Henselt (the von came later, gift of a grateful Russian nation) was born in Schwabach, Bavaria, in 1814, the son of an industrialist. He
December 22, 2016
Anybody who has had but the slightest involvement with the musical life of his church, be he so high as music director, master of all he surveys (in theory, at least), or but a lowly bass, propping up the sopranos’ antics, will be keenly cognisant of the key question: what on earth do we perform
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