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


With a performance of Beethoven and Mahler Symphonies, the German orchestra proved again why it's one of the best in the world


Spontaneity and passion made the Minnesota Orchestra's two Proms under Osmo Vänskä a refreshing listen 


Does knowing about a musician's hobbies help or hinder appreciation of their performances, asks Nick Shave


The UK premiere of Arvo Pärt's powerful Fourth Symphony was spoiled by the Royal Albert Hall's muffled acoustics, writes Nick Shave


An underwhelming performance of Scriabin's First Symphony leaves Nick Shave pondering some unanswerable questions


Nick Shave relishes the English Baroque Soloists' performance of all the Brandenburg Concertos 


The UK premiere of Langgaard's Music of the Spheres 92 years after it was composed was a weird and wonderful triumph


Nick Shave explains why the Proms on television beats the live performance


Nick Shave is driven mad by Proms beginning at 7pm


Nick Shave enjoys a Concerto performance from Hilary Hahn, a former prodigy who has avoided burn-out. And how.

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