Nick Shave

Blog creator, Nick Shave

Nick Shave writes for The Guardian and is contributing editor of BBC Music Magazine. A regular reviewer and blogger of the Proms, he can usually be found at the Royal Albert Hall with only seconds to spare, breaking into an ungainly powerwalk somewhere between the ticket collection desk and the stalls


Nick Shave reports from the Istanbul festival


Over 8 weeks of classical music concerts at the Royal Albert Hall come to a close with the traditional Last Night concert. Nick Shave reports from a very British evening of music and balloons


Searing performances of Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Ravel from an orchestra whose future is in doubt


Colourful Tchaikovsky from the Pittsburgh Symphony but Grimaud was the star attraction at this Prom


The pianist's account of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 leaves Nick Shave cold


Nick Shave asks what's happened to the traditional concert experience


Late-night Liszt from the Canadian pianist wows Nick Shave


How will commissions from a trio of contemporary composers measure up? Nick Shave finds out


Lisa Batiashvili finds powerful emotion in the dark spirit of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto


Nick Shave reflects at the mid-point of the festival on what makes for an extraordinary performance

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