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Music OMH

September 2011
'...the baritone I felt had given the most characterful singing on the night shared the Meikle Prize (for a duo) and that accompanist won a share of both the Meikle and the pianist’s prize.

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Musical Pointers

September 2010
Sitting through the 14 hours of song that make up the three public stages of this competition must be one of the greatest privileges and pleasures that any critic can be granted. The mix of poetry and music that make up the art of song admits of almost infinite variety – ranging from the lightest and most subtle to something of power and might.

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The Telegraph

September 2009
There’s seldom a week without a ‘must see’ concert, and a loyal and discerning audience will be there to enjoy great music-making in one of London’s most gracious settings.
The audience for this week’s main event – the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition – has so far included amateur and professional singers

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The Arts Desk

April 2009
The term “accompanist” is no longer acceptable, no longer “politically correct” in musical circles, not least Lieder. It’s hard to imagine now that the relationship between a singer and his or her pianist was ever regarded as anything other than an equal partnership. But 26 years ago, when Julius Drake first stepped out on to the Wigmore Hall platform to play Poulenc with “friends”, the rarefied world of chamber music and song was a very different place.

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April 2009
Musicians’ birthday concerts can be smugly self-congratulatory or so featherweight they’re meaningless to anyone outside the enchanted circle. But Julius Drake’s fiftieth was hardcore. Just like any regular recital, he was at the piano throughout, serious and attentive to detail. The only difference was the regular change of partner.

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The Evening Standard

December 2005
Wigmore Hall, Gala for Jean

The name of the late Jean Meikle may not be familiar to many outside the music business, but the protégés of this inspirational agent included such celebrities as Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley and many others. Her son, the pianist Julius Drake, assembled a glittering roster of musicians for this gala concert to raise money for a scholarship in her name.

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