I’m Simon Brackenborough, I’m a freelance writer on classical music based in London, and this is my blog.
I came across the word ‘Corymbus’ in a title of the first movement of the piano concerto by Edmund Rubbra. The term has roots in Greek mythology and a botanical meaning for a cluster of berries or flowers. I chose it because it reflects not only my interest in composers like Rubbra, but in looking at the connections between music, nature, and the wider humanities.
Outside this site, I’ve written programme notes for Wigmore Hall and The Barbican, and conducted a Q&As at the Anvil, Basingstoke, with composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
With Oleksandr Hornostai and Veronika Lemishenko of NSO Ukraine, 21 October 2023.
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