Alice McVeigh

Official website of the novelist

While the Music Lasts

Contemporary fiction from Alice McVeigh.

ISBN: 978-1-9168823-4-8

Publication: September 2022

Editions: Ebook

The Secret Life of an Orchestra

“This portrayal of the psychosexual duet between men and women, and of the music-making process in a symphony orchestra, sings with lyrical intensity and eloquent feeling” (Publishers Weekly)

Life in the (fictional) Orchestra of London as seen through the eyes of several musicians. Perfectly representing the disparate attitudes, feelings and ambitions of a symphony orchestra full of crazy musos, it brilliantly weaves together affairs, musical jealousies, a misdirected love letter, and an unusual codicil to a will.

Originally “big-five”-published, this is based upon Alice’s previous life as a London freelance cellist, performing all over the world with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.

“The orchestra becomes a universe in microcosm – all human life is here” (The Sunday Times)

“A very enjoyable novel – and not quite as light as it pretends to be.” (The Sunday Telegraph)


Honorable Mention: Writer’s Digest International Book Awards, in contemporary fiction, 2022

Reviews for While the Music Lasts

Multiple award-winning author

Global Book Award

Other books by Alice


Sign up for Alice’s monthly newsletter! Readers get: