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David Cairns - Author

About the Author

David Cairns was chief music critic of the Sunday Times from 1983 to 1992, having earlier written for the Spectator, Evening Standard, Financial Times and New Statesman. From 1967 to 1972 he worked for the London branch of Phonogram, planning and carrying out large-scale recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz and Tippett. In 1991, in recognition of his services to French music, he was made Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Actively involved in music making, he was co-founder of the Chelsea Opera Group and is now conductor of the Thorington Players. His highly acclaimed two-volume Berlioz biography has won many major awards.

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The Consequences of Mobility Reflexivity, Social Inequality and the Reproduction of Precariousness in Highly Qualified Migration

The Consequences of Mobility Reflexivity, Social Inequality and the Reproduction of Precariousness in Highly Qualified Migration

Author: David Cairns, Valentina Cuzzocrea, Daniel Briggs, Luisa Veloso Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2018

This book explores various forms of highly skilled mobility in the European Union, assessing the potential for this movement to contribute to individual and societal development. In doing so, the authors illustrate some of the issues arising from the opening up of Europe's borders, and exposing its education systems and labour markets to international competition. While acknowledging the potentially positive aspects of mobility, they also reveal many of the negative consequences arising from flaws in mobility governance and inequalities in access to opportunities, arguing that when the management of mobility goes `wrong', we are left with a heightened level of precariousness and the reproduction of social inequality. This discussion will be of interest to those working within Europe's mobility infrastructure, as well as policymakers in the mobility field and students and scholars from across the social sciences.

Mobility, Education and Employability in the European Union Inside Erasmus

Mobility, Education and Employability in the European Union Inside Erasmus

Author: David Cairns, Ewa Krzaklewska, Valentina Cuzzocrea, Airi-Alina Allaste Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2018

This book takes an in-depth look at the European Commission's Erasmus programme. In its current Erasmus+ format, the programme supports international exchange visits among students, trainees, volunteers and academic members of staff with a view to enhancing employability and encouraging intercultural understanding. Against the backdrop of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus, the authors explore the successes of the programme, most prominently the undergraduate exchange programme, as well as areas of on-going development, including the incorporation of short duration mobility projects focused on specific social issues into the initiative. Through integrating perspectives from authors in a number of European countries, all of whom have knowledge regarding various aspects of Erasmus, the book provides insight into the challenges facing the programme as it moves into its fourth decade. Mobility, Education and Employability in the European Union: Inside Erasmus will be of interest to students and scholars from a range of disciplines, including geography, sociology and European politics.

Youth Unemployment and Job Precariousness Political Participation in a Neo-Liberal Era

Youth Unemployment and Job Precariousness Political Participation in a Neo-Liberal Era

Author: David Cairns, Nuno de Almeida Alves, Ana Alexandre, Augusta Correia Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2016

This book explores the relationship between youth labour market marginality and political participation, focusing on the example of Portugal and the role played by austerity policies in shaping patterns of activism. Through integrating primary and secondary empirical evidence with key ideas from classical and contemporary Sociology, the authors illustrate some of the key features of youth unemployment and job precariousness, also highlighting trends in formal and informal activist activities. Central to Youth Unemployment and Job Precariousness is the argument that following the onset of the economic crisis, there has been the birth of what we the authors term 'an austerity generation', comprised of young people facing difficulties in the labour market and uncertain futures. The book also highlights the difficulties young people have in making a political response to austerity, as well as their hopes for the future, including the need to raise consciousness about youth labour market marginalization and to return to more accountable forms of democracy.

A Gospel without Myth? Bultmann's Challenge to the Preacher

A Gospel without Myth? Bultmann's Challenge to the Preacher

Author: David Cairns Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2012

David Cairns explains the challenge posed by the theology of Rudolf Bultmann in an accessible way and outlines its relevance for preachers. Reprint. Originally published: 1960.

Berlioz Volume One: The Making of an Artist, 1803-1832

Berlioz Volume One: The Making of an Artist, 1803-1832

Author: David Cairns Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2010

'David Cairns has a wonderful story to tell and he tells it superbly well ... rich in detail and imbued with imaginative insights that stem from love. It is also written with an enviable blend of grace and energy.' Observer No artist's achievement connects more directly with early experience than that of Berlioz. David Cairns draws on a wealth of family papers to recreate in authentic and intimate detail the provincial milieu of Berlioz's boyhood, showing how the son of a village doctor was already transforming himself into the composer of the Fantastic Symphony. Berlioz's desperate attempts to win his father's approval for his vocation, his struggles to establish himself on the Parisian musical scene, and his passionate pursuit of love are all brought vividly to life in this first volume of David Cairns's acclaimed biography, winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Music Award and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year. 'In David Cairns, Berlioz has found a biographer who shares his sense of scale. There is not a dull or redundant page in the whole book. Cairns has lived, breathed and dreamt Berlioz for more than twenty years. He has visited the places Berlioz visited and read the books Berlioz read ... You would no more want to read a slimmed-down version of this book than you would an abridged version of David Copperfield.' Sunday Telegraph 'Essential reading, not only for the ardent Berliozian but for anyone with an interest in the history of Romanticism.' Guardian

Youth on the Move European Youth and Geographical Mobility

Youth on the Move European Youth and Geographical Mobility

Author: David Cairns Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2010

This book takes an in-depth look at the European Commission's Erasmus programme. In its current Erasmus+ format, the programme supports international exchange visits among students, trainees, volunteers and academic members of staff in order to enhance employability and encourage intercultural understanding. With Erasmus having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary this is an opportune moment at which to look at some of the successes of the programme, most prominently the undergraduate exchange programme, and other areas in which development is on-going, including the incorporation of short duration mobility projects focused on specific social issues. Through integrating different perspectives from authors in different European countries, all of whom have knowledge regarding different aspects of Erasmus, we are able to illustrate how different aspects of the initiative function, providing insight into the challenges facing the programme as it moves into its fourth decade

Mozart and His Operas

Mozart and His Operas

Author: David Cairns Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2007

David Cairns weaves a brilliantly engaging narrative which puts Mozart's operas in the context of his life, showing how they illuminate his creativity as a whole. Mozart's unusual childhood as a musical prodigy touring Europe as a performer from an early age is well known. But even more remarkable is that the genius grew up, surviving his unnatural early years and producing works of increasing maturity and originality. Using the operas as his guide, Cairns traces the steady deepening of Mozart's musical style from his beginnings as a child prodigy, through his coming of age with what Cairns sees as the most Romantic and forward-looking of all Mozart's operas, Idomeneo, the later genius displayed in the three comic operas, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte, and in The Magic Flute, the final and greatest triumph of his career.

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