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Ask Alice - On being American and British, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Martin Wulfhorst's 'Orchestral Violinist's Companion', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Bromley Youth Music Trust's 'Phantom', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the future of the Ulster Orchestra, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Comparing forest adventures with music freelancing, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Schnabel and Rachmaninov, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On musicians and rituals, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On blocked email between the Taylor and McVeigh families, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On trouble in Atlanta, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On missing the BBC Proms, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the recorder and conspiracy, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On taking up the alto recorder, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Original quotes from Paul Silverthorne, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Busy researching an article, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Questions about choral conducting, answered by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - A CD recommendation from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh remembers her famous grandfather, General Maxwell D Taylor

Ask Alice - Saying goodbye to a friend, plus dodgy social media, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On 'Dialogues des Carmelites' at Covent Garden, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the BBC's Young Musician of the Year, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Does musical training increase blood flow in the brain? Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh investigates

Ask Alice - The gift, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On wolf-tone eliminators and tennis balls, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On mice, and getting stuck in the Tower of London, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On music festival judges, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Rodelinda at English National Opera, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh is busy writing her new novel

Ask Alice - Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh likes New York

Ask Alice - On erhus and python soup, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh and the cat from Porlock

Ask Alice - On the advantages of free bowing, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On stress in the firsts, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On parents in music lessons, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Wagner string parts and Fred Sherry's Bach duets, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Recital programme ideas, and stress in the orchestra, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Confessions of a classical music agony aunt, with Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Aspects of Baroque, with Angela East, Pinchas Zukerman and classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On 'La Forza del Destino', music education and realpolitik, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Alma Deutscher and exploited talent, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Act I Scene I (on the doorstep), with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - An acute sense of political foreboding, and thinking outside the box with regard to practice time, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - A visit to the theatre (ignoring the reviews), and praise for the latest Jason Seed Stringtet CD, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Why it could be hogwash that all high achievers are musicians, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On disruption, builders, orangeries and moving home, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On corruption and music competitions, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On giving up the cello and working alongside builders, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On nephews and aunts, agony and non-agony, and the employability of pianists, with Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On embarrassing looks from guys in orchestras, and the return of Manolos the Cretan mouse, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On practising, sharing, caring and monkeys, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On marketing rosin, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On finding a job, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On fruit cakes and mad persons, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh is excited, and it's not about music

Ask Alice - Dealing with modern flower power, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Modern bow or baroque bow? with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Cello repertoire suggestions from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Leaded bows and rackets for classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Reminiscences of János Starker, from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On cello elbow and the ultra-trendy, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On dealing with the USA Embassy in London, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - From Crete to Locksbottom, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On buying glass double basses (and other items) on eBay, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Ten years to the day since the very first 'Ask Alice', our classical music agony aunt celebrates in the way she knows best

Ask Alice - Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh is spotted in Yorkshire, playing solo cello

Ask Alice - Advice about repair work on string bows, from Classical Music agony advertaunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - When Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh tried to cut down on coffee

Ask Alice - On the hugely brave Frances Andrade, by her friend and Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Why the Ulster Orchestra is the most important orchestra in the UK, by Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On identifying works of music, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - An encounter with Birtwistle's Minotaur at Covent Garden, for Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - To memorise or not to memorise, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Swift advice to hit the bottle, from Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Hearing loss high among musicians, experienced by Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - This is the Truth sent from Above, for classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Questions from cellists, for classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Call centre blues, for classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the excesses of travel for orchestral players, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On careers in music and backup plans, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the nightmare in the decorating scenario, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On ghostwriting dialogue for Hitler and Goering, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On pianists and accompanying, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Car troubles in Elgar country for classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh meets the mice in the piano

Ask Alice - Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh is distracted

Ask Alice - On coincidence, and what happened on Sunday, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On elderly cello students, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the perils of air travel with a cello, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On string instruments in nutty-like-a-fruitcake climates, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Sparring with Manolos the Cretan mouse, by Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On affordable cellos and almost becoming queen, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On metronomes and performance nerves, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On conductors and cello cases, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On builders and funerals, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the myth of the lazy British workman, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - It's a miniature long-haired dachshund's life, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the thrill of the 'flick', with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On avoiding Christian Aid collectors, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the poor coverage of Fischer-Dieskau's death, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - New rules for the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

 

Welcome to the home page for Ask Alice, Classical Music's Agony Aunt.

Alice McVeigh. Photo © John Carmichael

Weekly since April 2003, American freelance cellist, author and playwright Alice McVeigh has been answering questions on a surprising variety of subjects from musicians, students, music lovers and other readers. You can read her most recent columns by clicking on the links at the top of the left-hand column on this page.

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