Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
James Diggle informs our sports desk that he finished in four hours, 43 minutes. We forbid anyone to say that he squeaked past Katherine Jenkins.
Well done him, and another very worthy cause too!
Quick mention of Byron Parish, violinist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, who completed it (his first ever marathon) in 4 hours 7 mins. A brilliant time. And proof that orchestral musicians don’t spend ALL their time sitting down.
I’m slightly worried that you’re trying to suggest that James is the first (or even the fastest) counter-tenor to have run the London Marathon. I remember sponsoring Ian Aitkenhead (of Westminster Cathedral and The Sixteen fame) a couple of years ago, and I can’t imagine that he was the first male alto to take on the challenge. That said, well done James!
With all these singers running marathons, are we now to expect athletes on our theatre stages? Wait, didn’t I see Paula Radcliffe in one of the scenes in Calixto Beito’s Ballo in Maschera at the Coliseum…?
Yes, I thought so:
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