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Ambulances and allotments: RVW and wartime

Vaughan Williams was unlucky, as were millions of others who had to endure not one, but two World Wars (my grandparents, for example – my father’s father served in France in WWI and never, ever, discussed it). Even though RVW … Continue reading

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VW goes to war (and the movies)

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Vaughan Williams had already been added to the Nazi’s hit list in the event of their successfully invading the UK. An ambulance driver in the First World War, Vaughan Williams was … Continue reading

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RVW and the Symphony

Like Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler before him, Vaughan Williams composed nine symphonies. But, unlike Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler each and every one of his nine is totally unlike any other. Think of the contrast between A Sea Symphony (no. 1), … Continue reading

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Queen of the Music Hall

Marie Lloyd died on the 7th October 1922. Her funeral a few days later was attended by thousands of mourners, and was described by T. S. Eliot as “a ceremony which surprised even warmest admirers”. To mark the centenary month … Continue reading

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Kaija Saariaho at 70

This month marks the 70th birthday of the acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Her work takes in the whole range from opera and works for large orchestra, to pieces for solo instruments and electronics, and although her style has undergone … Continue reading

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MUSIC INSPECTION 2022, CALEB SIMPER, CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR AND THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY

I was given a piece of advice a long time ago by a fellow organist. Play something easy on the organ well rather than play something difficult badly. I agree with that. I have sometimes heard pieces I know well, … Continue reading

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Xenakis’ Centenary

b. 29 May 1922 – d. 4 February 2001 As you may be aware, this week marks an important anniversary worthy of widespread celebration –that’s right, it’s been 100 years since the birth of Iannis Xenakis! – Greek-French avant-garde composer, … Continue reading

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Simple gifts

On May 6th 1797 Elisha Brackett was born in Maine. When he was 10 years old the family became Shakers (properly, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Coming) and formed a small Shaker community based around … Continue reading

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Music and Bonfire Night

You may wonder what’s not to like about Bonfire Night? Watching a bonfire together is very cosy and the fireworks give it that extra oomph; but there is also the other business of burning the guy – Guy Fawkes. One … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Pauline Viardot at 200

As for Mme Viardot, her performance is worthy of a study by itself. Her gifts are so complete and so varied, they touch on so many aspects of music and combine such fine technique with irresistible spontaneity, that they inspire … Continue reading

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