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Music of the Russian avant-garde

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British Library

To the British Library to hear Marina Frolova-Walker’s lecture on Music of the Russian Avant Garde. If you’ve been following the story so far, or had the misfortune to hear me raving non-stop about what I’m reading at the moment, you’ll know that she’s the one who wrote Russian Music & Nationalism from Glinka to Stalin. It’s funny how you can hear a voice in a book. It’s such an enjoyable read, I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find that in person, she’s every bit as enjoyable to listen to. She very kindly autographed my copy of the book too! For other fans, there’s going to be an official book launch at Pushkin House on 19th March, surely not to be missed.

I could go on forever about how wonderful these public lectures are – apart from the luxury of the British Library building, where else could you get a lecture like this AND a free glass of wine for £6?