Dan's My Week column has posted in The Telegraph. He eloquently talks about his favorite season - autumn, the Jean-Phillippe Rio-Py party he attended, and Josephine Hart's Poetry App for the iPad:
Every year, at around this time, I have the same argument with a friend: he claims that spring is the greatest season, while I morosely plump for autumn. With autumn, I argue, you know where you are: the evenings are drawing in and the russet-toned leaves connote one thing: the plunging into the long, dark night of the year’s soul. It’s gloriously brooding and it never disappoints. “Oh, but spring is joyous, beautiful, etc, etc.” No, spring hugs you and then slaps you. Just when it’s promised you sun-dappled treasures it snatches them away and splashes you cold in the face. April is not only the cruellest month, it’s deceitful, it’s unfriendly and it’s downright abusive. Bah-springbug.
I was privileged to introduce the prodigious talent of pianist Jean-Phillippe Rio-Py at one of his first public recitals this week. Like so many great artists he received no formal training and was entirely self-taught. He has already garnered comparisons with Michael Nyman, Einaudi and even Philip Glass, and is the latest Young Steinway Artist. He not only makes me wish I could play the piano but also that I had two double-barrelled names.
Click here to read the full My Week: Dan Stevens column.