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I am well over sixty years old - at the end of the run of baby
boomers! I was born and bred in Glasgow, moving south to York in 1977. I
am now retired.
I have been interested in classical music since
performing as a ‘pirate’ in a Grammar School production of the Pirates
of Penzance. My main interest is British Music (and has been since
1971) from Sullivan/Parry/Stanford onwards. Over the years, my interests
have grown rather than changed. I am now also an enthusiast of much
‘serial’ music, including Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg as well as their
British counterparts, Lutyens and Searle. The so-called Cheltenham
Composers are of interest to me.
I am an enthusiast of so-called
‘light’ music, G&S and still enjoy the rock and pop music of my
generation (Led Zeppelin, Yes & of course the Fab Four).
composers change by the hour! But must include Finzi, Moeran, Bowen,
Scott, Ireland, Bax, Alwyn and Whitlock. But not forgetting Sorabji,
Messiaen and Rachmaninov.
I play the piano for my own pleasure
(about Grade 6) and have been an organist in earlier days.
also interested in Ecclesiology (Very High Church!! & and, perhaps
contrarily, am a member of the Prayer Book Society), railways and trams
(but not an anorak!) and I try to read as widely as possible. I like
Scottish literature and still read a bit of Latin now and again!
Real Ale, and Lancashire Cheese from Garstang. My favourite place in the
UK is Morecambe Bay. I love the British countryside – and have always
wanted to ‘Go West, Boy. Go west’. A.E. Housman a huge influence on my
aesthetic. But also, The Garden of Fand'.
Have spent most of my life
looking for the ‘Land of Lost Content’ and only occasionally glimpsed