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News and Current Affairs / Roger Smalley
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:09:10 am »
I see that composer/pianist Roger Smalley passed away yesterday... :(

News and Current Affairs / organist John Scott
« on: August 13, 2015, 11:45:49 am »
Oh my, just read that organist John Scott (much recorded on Hyperion, inter alia) has died suddenly in New York, days after finishing a European tour.

News and Current Affairs / Omar and Roger...
« on: July 11, 2015, 11:21:40 am »
I dunno, Omar Shariff yesterday, and news this morning of the death of Roger Rees, so extraordinary in that RSC Nicholas Nickleby almost 35 years ago... :(

News and Current Affairs / Fagin & Dracula
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:47:58 pm »
Blimey, Ron Moody AND Christopher Lee have departed this morning... :(

EDIT - Christopher Lee died at the weekend, apparently, but it's only been announced this morning.

Proms / proms 2015
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:40:27 am »
A VERY quick look through the listings suggests I needn't bother planning too many trip to South Ken this summer...

Some very strange events in there, though. I mean, Yo Yo Ma doing all six Bach cello suites in one concert (in the RAH?!!), another concert featuring all five Prokofiev piano concerti...

Will probably make an effort to get to John Foulds' "Three Mantras" and Jon Leifs' organ concerto, and quite possibly Mozart's "Seraglio". Fingers crossed that a few more interesting things leap out when I've had a deeper delve tonight.

News and Current Affairs / Rattle
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:15:13 am »
Newsflash on the BBC website - the worst kept secret in music, Rattle confirms that he's joining the LSO in 2017...

20th Century / Feldman
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:57:04 am »
Unpleasant (if 'unpleasant' is an appropriate word) news about Morton Feldman.... (I don't read Italian, so I haven't read the original interview)

20th Century / Arthur Butterworth
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:43:01 pm »
I read that Arthur Butterworth has died.

One of those names that seems to crop up in the annual litany of complaints that the Proms are neglecting various swathes of English music. Can't imagine any of his works would fill the seats at the Albert Hall, but I must say that the three pieces of his that I know (the viola concerto and the 1st and 4th symphonies) are fine works.

News and Current Affairs / Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP
« on: February 02, 2014, 08:10:53 pm »
Bloody nora...

I've commented on this forum in the past about my admiration of Hoffman's work. What a fine body of work he leaves, but bloody hell, what a shock this news is...

News and Current Affairs / Joan Fontaine
« on: December 16, 2013, 09:40:19 am »
Bloody hell, not content with taking Peter O'Toole from us yesterday, the Grim Reaper has gone and taken Joan Fontaine the same day... :(

"Letter from an Unknown Woman" has been calling out from the dvd shelves for a couple of weeks now, so that's going in the machine at the first opportunity now.

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