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Do you remember the first time?

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | 12:07 UK time, Friday, 30 January 2009

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Johnny Laville

Picture the scene - an eager young 11 year old bludgeons his way through Dvorak's New World Symphony as a teacher looks on aghast. You know, the one from the bread advert... Stick to delivering newspapers the teacher told me. Still, it was my first experience of music and a love affair was born. I'm not cut out to be a musician but I can use my ears, I thought! I guess I'm more of a contemporary music fan and I'm into a wide range of music. The first gig I ever went to was Carter USM, Glasgow Barrowland, 1991. What an experience! Lots of beer, lots of noise, lots of jumping about. I still go to gigs although the beer consumption has lessened, I don't jump about as much and I - and my hairline - seem to be gradually moving further back from the stage...

The first ever classical gig I went to was last year with the BBC SSO. Beethoven Symphony no.8 and Brahms Violin concerto with Ilan Volkov conducting. Also an incredible experience and not entirely different. The beer had changed to red wine and I took a load off but the fundamentals are the same....

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | 16:25 UK time, Thursday, 29 January 2009

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Getting crossed

A critic gave us a bashing for our Celtic Connections 'crossover' gig, particularly for Dave Heath's Conflict and Resolution. This piece is a pageant of Scottish and Catalan music, and echoing all through it is the Song of the Birds, a plangent folk tune which the great Catalan cellist Casals transformed into a universal plea for humanity. On the surface, simple entertainment; start unpeeling the layers of meaning in Dave Heath's composition, and you've got an onion that my thrawn temperament can't resist peeling.

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | 10:06 UK time, Tuesday, 20 January 2009

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Anthony Sayer

Snob off!

Who are these snobs? Where do they hang out? Let's hoick them out into the spotlight and shout some abuse. Let's get them. Ho'd ma co-at, Ah've bin insultit! I got all worked up when I read Stephen's blog. Surely, there's nae snobs comin' tae oor concerts. I'm so with Stephen when he talks about de-mystifying classical music. Anyway, what is music? What's it for? Who's it for? There's music that works, and music that doesn't. That's all. Nothing more. Stay with me, while I add my shout to Stephen's, and a wee bit of a rant.

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