Arts & Entertainment

Viennese Opera Ball coming to Bangkok

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Elfi Seitz
At a recently held press conference, the Austrian Ambassador to Thailand, HE Enno Drofenik, announced that a Viennese style Opera Ball would be held on May 8 at the Chadra…

Life at 33 1/3: A strong case for the future

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Carl Meyer
Ronnie Lane, See Me (GEM) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in June 1980.* What a long, strange trip it’s been.  All the way from…

Classical Connections: Playing the System

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Colin Kaye
There can be few classical music enthusiasts who haven’t heard of El Sistema, Venezuela’s vast music education programme.  It emphasizes intensive ensemble work from the earliest stages and relies on…

Life at 33 1/3: Bowie reincarnated

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Carl Meyer
Psychedelic Furs, Forever Now (CBS) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, and original album review written in October 1982.* The sound of Psychedelic Furs, led by  Richard Butler’s rickety, world-weary…

Classical Connections: Festivals – without the water

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Colin Kaye
It’s that time of year again when you’re either out in the streets having a hilarious time throwing water at everyone else or like me, locked up at home hoping…

Life at 33 1/3: Life is not an easy ride

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Carl Meyer
Aztec Camera, High Land, Hard Rain (Rough Trade) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in May 1983.* Roddy Frame and his Aztec Camera have mysteriously…

Classical Connections: Choral contrasts

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Colin Kaye
It’s probably a pretty safe bet to state that the first music ever to be heard on this planet was made by the human voice.  At some point in human…

Poor families raise a glass to TFi and Rotary

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Paul Strachan
Members of the Thai Farang Initiative (TFi) joined forces once again with the Rotary Club Of Eastern Seaboard (RCES) to facilitate a method of providing safe, clean drinking water, for…

Pattaya Soul Club keeps the faith at ‘Souled Out’

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15
Northern Soul dance event raises 41,000 baht for Hand to Hand Foundation The dancefloor of Pattaya’s Access Inn rocked to the sounds of rare sixties and seventies music once again…

Students’ artwork on show at St. Andrews International School

Friday, 03 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 14
Year 13 art students at St. Andrews International School, Green Valley opened the 2015 IB Art Exhibition on March 26 and a fabulous range of artwork was enjoyed by those…

Classical Connections: A Farewell to Hams

Friday, 03 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 14 By Colin Kaye
In London, carnival usually means only one thing: the Notting Hill Carnival, a lively three-day celebration with street parades around the residential and shopping area of the same name.  Led…

Life at 33 1/3: The vortex of brilliant despair

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Carl Meyer
U2, War (Island) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in March 1983.* Despair and agony is what it’s all about.  And U2 clearly keep their…

Classical Connections: Singular Voices

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Colin Kaye
There was a time, not so long ago when much of Béla Bartók’s music seemed terribly modern-sounding.  As a schoolboy during the last century, I remember being thrilled on hearing…

Music of Love and Devotion

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Colin Kaye
An evening of opera and musical favourites It looks like being an exciting evening of vocal favourites on Thursday 2nd April, when Grand Opera (Thailand) and the Royal Cliff Group…

Life at 33 1/3: Queen, the hit machine

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Carl Meyer
Queen, Greatest Hits (Parlophone) From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in November 1981. “I still think Queen’s regular albums are a mess.  But old fashioned?…
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