Music restoration continues

The second blog in the series was posted on Thursday 23 September and has a footballing theme among other divertissements. If you’ve read this post before click here for Blog 2, if not read on and it’ll be at the end as well. I was asked by the Director of Communications at my favourite classical…

Can’t stop reviewing

So following our trip to Glyndebourne, we’ve twice been to the other famous country house opera venue Garsington Opera at Wormsley, the estate of Mark Getty in Buckinghamshire. The operas take place in a fabulous glass pavilion where natural light and open access are often used to good effect by the production teams. There was…

Review 2 – Kat’a Kabanova at Glyndebourne

GLYNDEBOURNE IN JUNE Following his review of a filmed concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in January, Mike Raggett was able to attend a Glyndebourne event in person in June. Here’s what he saw. Kat’a Kabanova by Laos Janacek directed by Damiano Michieletto conducted by Robin Ticciati with the London Philharmonic Orchestra…

New string to the bow?

Perhaps a new career beckons … A bit of context.I am a big fan of an orchestra called the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. I’m a ‘friend’ for priority booking and occasional special treats one of which is monthly sessions in pubs (Zoom for the last year) to meet the members of the band so…

Rugby World Cup Japan Guide for CNN

This article went live on the CNN website on April 1 but it was no joke. After reading Mike Raggett’s book 101 Great Things about Japan, CNN’s London Bureau asked Mike to contribute a guide to Japan for visitors to the Rugby World Cup. 1500 words and a dozen or so photographs later this appeared. We hope…

New book published

Publication Day! by mikeraggett In a new venture for Verbalists, 25 January 2019 saw the arrival on Amazon of a book I’ve written with thoughts about Japanese life and culture: It consists of short essays about things that have amused or interested me about Japan, ranging from Anime to Zen all illustrated with, largely, my own…

Second Jazz website launched

Following on the success of our website for tenor saxophonist Alan Skidmore, we have just designed a website for the vibraphone ace Anthony Kerr. We have included two video clips of Anthony playing Billy Strayhorn’s Isfahan and George Gershwin’s Summertime which we filmed specially for the website and his YouTube channel. Anthony is a renowned soloist who…

Book delivered

The commemorative book for the Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust was formally launched at a gala fundraising dinner held at the Harry Potter Experience at Leavesden last Thursday 26 April. It was great to see the best part of a year’s work in final glossy form being appreciated by the large gathering. I…

Writing for the Screen

Verbalists developed and presented over two days at the end of April a tailor made course to help publications editors at the University of London International Unit develop the skills they need to prepare video scripts alongside the work they already do for printed materials. As online course provision becomes an ever-more important part of…