Paul Kilbey

Paul is Reviews Editor at Bachtrack and One Stop Arts. He has written on music and culture for publications including Culture Wars, the Huffington Post, the Independent and the Guardian. He holds BA and MPhil degrees in music from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and is particularly passionate about contemporary music of all types. His website is here.
Antoine Tamestit stars in the LSO's Harold in Italy

The London Symphony Orchestra's second performance of this Berlioz programme featured a spellbinding performance from viola player Antoine Tamestit in the composer's curious "symphony with obbligato viola" Harold in Italy. Valery Gergiev conducted.

Monday 18th November 2013 Read more...
Steve Reich and the Colin Currie Group at The Rest is Noise

Steve Reich's appearance at The Rest is Noise at Southbank Centre was limited to some clapping and letting go of a microphone – but his pasterpiece Music for 18 Musicians was ably performed by the Colin Currie Group. It's hard to imagine any better performance.

Monday 11th November 2013 Read more...
Thomas Adès and friends shine at Milton Court

The exciting new venue Milton Court welcomed Guildhall School alumnus Thomas Adès and some musical friends of his for a recital of 20th- and 21st-century chamber music. If the venue can keep its standards this high, then this will be the place to be.

Thursday 7th November 2013 Read more...
Julian Anderson Day at Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall turned 2 November into Julian Anderson Day, celebrating their new composer in residence with two concerts and a talk on his music. The second concert demonstrated that he is well worth all the attention.

Tuesday 5th November 2013 Read more...
Wigmore Hall celebrates Irvine Arditti at 60

Wigmore Hall celebrated violinist Irvine Arditti's 60th birthday with a concert featuring two solo pieces played by him, and several for him and the rest of his Arditti Quartet, bringing their usual mixture of complex, rewarding new music to enthusiastic London ears.

Friday 1st November 2013 Read more...
Stravinsky misses, Schumann hits with Daniil Trifonov at Wigmore Hall

In a recital at Wigmore Hall, Daniil Trifonov dazzled with his deeply impressive musicality, though his performance was stronger in Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques, in Debussy and in Ravel than Stravinsky.

Thursday 17th October 2013 Read more...
Stockhausen fills the Royal Festival Hall: Gruppen at The Rest is Noise

As part of Southbank Centre's ongoing The Rest is Noise festival, the London Sinfonietta presented Karlheinz Stockhausen's huge piece Gruppen for three orchestras at the Royal Festival Hall – twice. This stunning piece received a strong performance.

Monday 7th October 2013 Read more...
Tamara Stefanovich enters the beehive: Boulez's Second Sonata at The Rest is Noise

Pianist Tamara Stefanovich presented four challenging pieces from the 1950s as part of The Rest is Noise festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, including Pierre Boulez's infamously difficult Second Piano Sonata. She emerged from this beehive of a piece unstung.

Monday 7th October 2013 Read more...
Britten alone at The Rest is Noise, played by the LPO and Jurowski

The Rest is Noise's all-Britten programme was well played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski – not to mention their two excellet soloists, Truls Mørk and Mark Padmore. But the concert as a whole was a little too uniform, isolating Britten from his context.

Friday 4th October 2013 Read more...
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philhamonia celebrate 30 years in a Royal Festival Hall matinée

The 30th anniversary of Esa-Pekka Salonen's debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, of which he is principal conductor and artistic advisor, was celebrated with this Sunday matinée concert featuring works by Beethoven, Schumann and Berlioz. What a team they are.

Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Read more...
Skelton excels in a brilliant Peter Grimes with the LPO at The Rest is Noise

The Britten centenary celebrations at The Rest is Noise climaxed with a magnificent semi-staged performance of Peter Grimes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Stuart Skelton, whose performance in the title role was a masterpiece.

Monday 30th September 2013 Read more...
London Symphony Orchestra's Mahler 6 thrills with Thomas Dausgaard

The London Symphony Orchestra were the stars of this performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard at the Barbican Centre on Wednesday evening. Pianist Barry Douglas also joined the orchestra for Richard Strauss' Burleske.

Friday 27th September 2013 Read more...
Listen closely: Quiet music with Apartment House at Kings Place

This Our Hear concert at Kings Place focused on extremely quiet music, with contemporary music ensemble Apartment House. By making us work to hear each sound, this concert proved that the sounds were worth our full attention.

Thursday 26th September 2013 Read more...
Prom 73: Intimate Schubert in the Royal Albert Hall from Imogen Cooper and Paul Lewis

Nearing the end of the BBC Proms season, renowned Schubert interpreters Imogen Cooper and Paul Lewis played a late-night concert featuring two of Schubert's piano works. This was an almost impossibly intense use of the Royal Albert Hall, a unique concert venue.

Saturday 7th September 2013 Read more...
Prom 61: Stravinsky, Brahms and Charlotte Seither with Josep Pons and Frank Peter Zimmermann

In a smorgasbord of a Prom 61, spirited readings of Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Brahms, and a new work by Charlotte Seither were given by Josep Pons, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and – for the Brahms concerto that was the concert’s highlight – violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Friday 30th August 2013 Read more...
BBC Proms Top Five: Week 7

In celebration of the world's biggest classical music festival, here are our Top Five picks from Week 7 of the BBC Proms.

Wednesday 21st August 2013 Read more...
Lament at Tête à Tête

Part of the impressively varied Tête à Tête opera festival at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, Silent Opera's Lament is a procession of familiar clichés.

Friday 16th August 2013 Read more...
Beyond everything: Zaum at Tête à Tête

An interdisciplinary collaboration taking in music, video and theatre, Zaum is beyond mind, and then some. At Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

Friday 16th August 2013 Read more...
Prom 43: The Tallis Scholars sing Taverner and Gesualdo

“This is surely music at its most extreme, from any period,” wrote Peter Phillips, in a note explaining his “chalk and cheese” programme for The Tallis Scholars at the Proms on Wednesday night. 

Friday 16th August 2013 Read more...
BBC Proms Top Five: Week 6

In celebration of the world's biggest classical music festival, here are our Top Five picks from Week 6 of the BBC Proms.

Wednesday 14th August 2013 Read more...
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