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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

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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

Ask Alice - The tale of Trinity Guildhall music examiner Alex Newson, who failed to correctly identify a French horn, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On flattering your fleeing cellists, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On rejection and freelance orchestras, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On instrument stands, ambition and being overloooked, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Overdosing on Schubert, and cello pupils moving on, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On Alan Gilbert and the beasts of the jungle, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Some obvious music science, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On bowed dulcimers in South Africa, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On the wisdom of mothers, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On cello grade exams, and shaking off the rust, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - What Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh thought of Cynthia Phelps, plus a dialogue with a puppy

Ask Alice - On intonation distortion and stabbing pains, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - On liquid spillage and string instrument varnish, 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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