DR BRIAN HICK,
founder of this website, sadly passed away on 30th May. Thinking of Brian and his family at this time.
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Founded in 2012 by Dr Brian Hick it hopes to include reviews and news of concerts, recitals and events across the land, with a bias towards 1066 Country. Here you will find professional reviews as quickly as we can get them to you – and far quicker than most published papers or magazines.
All of our reviews or criticism come from those who have a professional standing within the music and arts industry and continue to write for national and international publications. Feel secure that what you are reading is based on many years experience and expertise within the field of professional music and the arts.
Editor, Stephen Page
Stephen Page has reviewed for Lark for a number of years and is now regularly assisting with editorial work. He is a very active professional organist, pianist and singer. As well as solo work he accompanies a number of local singers and works with church and community choirs as well as a variety of other groups.
He is particularly interested in organ and church music, novelty and light piano music and electronic, experimental and other contemporary music, links between music, spirituality and wellbeing…oh, and Doctor Who!
Brian started writing as a freelance journalist in 1973, with local papers in Surrey and South London.
He was Editor of The Organ for 15 years, Deputy Editor of Musical Opinion and wrote a weekly column for Hastings Observer.
He set up this website “to bring local reviews and a spread of national events to more immediate notice”, realising the benefits of being able to publish much more quickly online than in the magazines and journals that often appear monthly or quarterly. The associated Lark Press has published a number of titles relating to music and poetry in the 1066 area.
Brian was known for his enthusiastic promotion of a range of musical activity. His reviews were welcomed by many as being fair and balanced. Despite being a critic he made many friends – individual musicians and those associated with various musical bodies. They appreciated his commitment to promoting quality music whether professional or amateur, both in the local area here and further afield.