The perils of purity

As we fidget on the edge of Autumn and the resumption of what passes for political life in this country this is a thoughtful piece from John Harris about centrism, the damaging rush to ideological purity across the political spectrum and the reasons why politics seems both detached from reality and utterly unable to deal with it:

One big tension defines where British politics has arrived. On both sides, there are a lot of people – from no-deal Brexiteers to the Corbyn hardcore – who seem to think that they are the custodians of their own variety of purity. What we are perhaps discovering is that this mindset may actually deliver the reverse: a polluted politics in which even people in positions of power keep very questionable company, debate tends to look like an indecipherable mess, and the biggest casualty is a national conversation that feels in any way useful.
— Read on www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/27/centrist-path-hardcore-brexiteers-corbynites

The perils of purity

New music

It’s hard, if you aren’t in the swim of it, to know where to find new ‘classical’ music (does that even mean anything any more?) I get updates from the wonderful NMC, and follow hints and tips from occasional magazines and newsletters, but it’s all a bit haphazard. Which makes it a special joy to come across a new (to me) distributor. Another Timbre is based in Sheffield and looks really interesting. I came across them in a Guardian review of a new recording by a Canadian composer called Cassandra Miller. Have a listen to part of one of her pieces:

There are more samples on her site.

The article mentioned another composer from the same series, Linda Caitlin Smith.

Here’s one of her pieces:

Find her here

New music