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Paul Kilbey

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Paul is a freelance classical music writer and editor who lives in Germany. Read more about him on http://paulkilbey.co.uk/.
Classical music has such a long, storied history, that it can be difficult to know where to start. Each week, we’ll be exploring an important event that left its mark. This week? The disastrous 1876 premiere of one of opera's most icon works: Wagner's Ring Cycle... 142 years on, it...
London in 1895 was gradually starting to take its modern form. Its famous skyline, long dominated by St Paul’s Cathedral, had gained two landmarks in the 1870s and Tower Bridge had been completed the previous year. 1895 was Queen Victoria’s 58th year on the throne, and it was also the year of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for “gross indecency:” this wasn’t yet the London of today. But one festival began that year that is still going strong.