“Voiceless, lightless, crowded passage to strange secret points” – a meditation on the Merchant Navy, for Remembrance Day

This is late – the moment has almost certainly passed – but for whatever reason, I feel compelled not to leave it till next Remembrance Day. So, readers…please meet my grandfather William (Bill) Thompson (left) and my grandpa… Read More

About the VICO (for Artslandia Magazine)

I wrote this article on the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s 2015-16 season for the inaugural Vancouver edition of Artslandia Magazine. You can see the article on Artslandia’s website here, or in print – the magazine is available for free… Read More

The Fine Art of the Set List (for the Creber Music blog)

A silly-but-true little piece I wrote for the Creber Music blog in the lead-up to The Magic of Christmas 2014… So you’re putting on a Christmas concert. You have a group of amazing singers, and a list of… Read More

Mini-essay: A Meditation on the Green College Players

I wrote this for the alumni newsletter associated with the graduate residence where I lived for two years while completing my MA at UBC in 1999-2001. Green College was and continues to be an inspiring, amazing community; for… Read More

Essay: There Was So Much Singing Then

“There Was So Much Singing Then”: Choral Singing & National Identity in 19th-century Wales This is an overhaul of a paper I wrote for my BA in history, about 13 (!) years ago. As a sort of personal… Read More

Spring in Venice: Laudate Singers

Article written for the North Shore News‘ “Arts Alive” monthly supplement, May 2010: Spring in Venice: Laudate Singers journey to the heart of a rich musical heritage By Melanie Thompson Imagine: you have just stepped into a Venetian… Read More

Open Letter to Ministers Hansen, Krueger, Coleman & Premier Gordon Campbell

Dear Minister Hansen, Minister Krueger, Minister Coleman and Premier Campbell, On the BC Budget 2009 website, the introduction states: “September Budget Update 2009 protects vital services and positions British Columbia for renewed economic growth. Government is taking steps… Read More