October 2018


In our October issue, we meet cellist Steven Isserlis as he approaches his 60th birthday. With an incredible global career and dozens of prestigious awards to his name, there is plenty to reflect on. He discusses his nearest and dearest: friends, family and performers – many of whom will be joining him at his celebratory birthday concert at the Wigmore Hall in December.


Also this month, James Naughtie talks to young guitarist Sean Shibe about his burgeoning solo career. Shibe discusses the process of creating a programme for his second album, due for release next month, in which he juxtaposes acoustic and electric guitar in an incredibly diverse range of pieces.

We also examine the changing landscape for music graduates, exploring how music colleges and conservatoires are adapting to better prepare their students for professional careers.

Plus, we name the best recordings of Mozart’s Violin Concertos in this month’s Building a Library, and Fauré is our Composer of the Month. On your cover CD is Parry’s Songs of Farewell, performed by The Carice Singers.


Click the image below to download the inlay for this month's free cover CD.