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To celebrate, to commemorate: Alex North

Question: What do one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable’s final film appearance, and an unused score for one of Stanley Kubrick’s best known films have in common? Answer: the composer, Alex North (1905-1991), … Continue reading

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Deo gracias

Some years ago I was motoring up from the South of France, trying my best to get to Calais before French lorry drivers blockaded the port. It was a particularly grey and foggy day just around this time of year. … Continue reading

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Blockbuster

This weekend, 5th and 6th September, as part of the Blossom Music Festival (the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra) there will be a blockbuster tribute to the Hollywood composer John Williams. The programme includes many of John Williams’ classics … Continue reading

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For education, entertainment, and inspiration : the world of documentary film

The summer of 2015 marks 70 years since the first atom bomb test took place at the Trinity site in the deserts of New Mexico, followed within a few weeks by the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thinking … Continue reading

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The joy of mistakes

A few weeks ago I attended a music librarians’ conference. Among the many interesting talks was a panel discussion on issues around music digitisation. One of the items raised made me think about digitisation in a completely new light. A panellist … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate : the Scott Polar expedition

In March 1912 The Times ran a series of articles on the race to the South Pole. Robert Falcon Scott’s British expedition had recently been narrowly beaten to the Pole by the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen. While praising Amundsen, The Times maintained … Continue reading

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