How Byron Became a Concert

“And again”, boomed Simon Russell Beale, as he deftly propelled the pianist and Lord Byron downstage to take another bow. This was October 2018, at Cadogan Hall; Byron Angel & Outcast was my fifth dramatised concert. The proceeds were directed to Dr Vincent Khoo’s research at the Royal Marsden into advanced prostate cancer. The full story began two years before. Sept. 2016: For over a decade, I have written and produced classical concerts which revolve around a famous life. Once again, like Byron at the start of Don Juan, I want a hero… I find him in Martin Garrett’s masterfully concise and intuitive biography of Byron. The images haunt me: the island of Janina, Manfred poised over the cha

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