Last Saturday, I played my first concerto with an orchestra as a soloist, Bach’s Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin. This was quite a scary experience as I am not the biggest fan of solo performance and I will choose playing in an orchestra over playing by myself every time! It did help that my … More Playing my First Concerto
So, 2016 is officially underway (I know my year end reflection is a bit late, but I had year-end lists to do!). 2015 was a really busy year for me with tons of new experiences. I finished my first year at Oxford, played with loads of orchestras and played The Rite of Spring for the … More Welcome to 2016
This week, we get Justin Bieber’s newest foray into tropical house, Jess Glynne attempts a ballad and David Guetta teams up with Sia again. Returning Entries 96 – Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett 89 – Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. 61 – Thriller by Michael Jackson New Entries 92 – Say Nada by Shakka … More Chart Update – 06/11/15
As The Great British Bake Off (one of the finest television shows ever) finishes for another year, I thought I should mention my love of baking. Thanks to GBBO and Mary Berry, baking has become something that I do to relax, just for fun and also to procrastinate (something I call procrastibaking). My dad has … More My love of baking
Last week, I went to Budapest with rest of my family. I had never visited before, but I loved my time there. Budapest is an old city, but also a very open city. Unlike somewhere like London, Budapest lacks the high-rise office blocks and other skyscrapers. Even the backstreets feel open to the sky, as … More Budapest – A few days on the Danube
People often take for granted what their hometown has to offer. It just becomes somewhere you walk through each day without giving anything a second glance. I think that everyone should take a day out in their summer and wander around, as you might see things differently or remember how you saw your home as … More Being a Tourist in your Hometown
Hello! My name is Sam and I am a Welsh oboist studying music at Oxford University. Welcome to Top Forte! I have been involved in music of all kinds from the age of four – I blame my sister! She is two years older, a violinist and fellow music student at Trinity Laban (you can … More Welcome to Top Forte!