Just booked tickets to a lecture at the British Museum in March by the wonderful Marina Frolova-Walker called ‘Music of the Russian Avant Garde – A Revolution in Sound?’. This is part of the Saul Seminars, organized by the Sound Archive of the British Library, and the last one I went to was just brilliant. I’m in the middle of reading Marina Frolova-Walker’s hot-off-the-press book Russia: Music & Nation from Glinka to Stalin, and loving every page. The idea that I will be able to go and hear her lecture at the BL for £6 is just astounding, and I can’t wait. As great as the internet is, there’s something about public lectures, especially when they’re in surroundings like this, that have a much longer, more satisfying and meaningful effect.