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Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on recorder playing, Lassus, J S Bach and the mass cello repertoire

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Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on the UK's 'Young Musician of the Year'

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' at Covent Garden

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on auditions

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Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on Lebrecht's 'flat' London

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on whether classical music is just for the elite

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on Bruckner's Ninth Symphony

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh justifies the advice she gave last week

Ask Alice - On an obnoxious sharp first flute, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On comfort music when mourning, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the late Christine Jackson, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Sibelius growing like a fungus, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the perils of shopping at Chemist Direct, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the fear of leaving Dallas, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Muzio Clementi and the British Music Scene, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - A reaction to David Waterman's article in The Guardian, from Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Bright pockets of light in a fading landscape, discovered by Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Advice on rushing when playing music, from Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - A present from an old friend, received by Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Multiple remedies for a music- and sport-related ailment, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Agreeing to a little experiment, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On an embarrassing 'Siman tov' quartet moment, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On musical US Presidents, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - In praise of the bassoon, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On mini-symphonies by mini-munchkins, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Steven Isserlis on playing from memory, with comments from Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - 'William Tell' at Covent Garden, with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Is music good for your heart? with Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - 'Death of a Salesman', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - A case of musical compassion fatigue, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - More about orchestral musicians and retirement, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On firing professional orchestral musicians, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Talking to the online tutor robot, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Callum Smart's Glazunov Violin Concerto, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the sudden and unexpected return of the arch-enemy of classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On air travel with a cello, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On luthiers, violins and space-age materials, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On health issues when choosing an instrument, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the musicality of cats and dogs, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - An mvdaily.com exclusive newsflash, from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On choosing a musical instrument for children, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Mahler programme notes with special annotations, from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Of cellists on the roof, annoying the dying and rhubarb wine, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - A letter to Martin, upon his joining Facebook, from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On silly rates for writing, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Deborah Pritchard's 'Wall of Water', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - A vow to never again speak French, from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Restricted view recommended for Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' at Covent Garden, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On shoulder braces and lead in the frog, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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

 

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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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