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Pictured Declan Bogue

Date: Thursday 12th April 2012

Location: BT Offices

Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Why the backlash against Dean Rock's free-taking lessons? He didn't develop phenomenal talent overnight

Declan Bogue


On the ball: Dean Rock

On the ball: Dean Rock

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On the ball: Dean Rock

Catch the right programme on BBC Radio 4 and it's like taking a tin-opener to your mind.

On a wet Monday morning on my way to a humdrum engagement in Dungannon, I happened upon 'How to Play', a study of how musicians come together to perform what they describe as the ultimate test; Mendelssohn's Octet.

Not a classical music buff? Me neither. No matter. This is about precision and practice. What makes the Octet so darned tricky is you have two Quartets, the Elias and Emmeline, performing together.