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Announcements / Re: Simon Howard
« on: Yesterday at 09:38:00 pm »
Sorry I couldn't be there, but so glad that the evening went well and was a fitting tribute to Simon.  Feel somewhat humbled that I'm a little connected to such a wonderful bunch of people - this forum really is very special.


20th Century / Re: Frank Martin
« on: March 16, 2015, 02:16:20 pm »
So: the main things that stuck in my memory from my Martin listening was the Concerto and especially its slow movement, and the jazzy bit of the trombone Ballade, and John Harle's paint-stripping performance of the alto sax one. Slightly more intrigued than I have been previously. Something else I did rather like was this Petite symphonie concertante for harp, harpsichord, piano and strings. Actually (listening again): I think this will have been the piece that unlocked FM for me.

That's the only Martin I've heard.  My orchestra, West Forest Sinfonia, performed it in Feb 1999.  Can't really remember much of it and wouldn't be able to tell you how it goes, but I think I'd be able to recognise the work agan if someone played it to me (or when I get to a computer that can play that youtube link!).  I have a memory thta it was visceral and earthy - and that I liked it.  Anyway, the main point is that it wasn't hard to perform, and was rewarding - so Martin should get a bigger press!


20th Century / Re: York Bowen
« on: February 19, 2015, 10:10:25 pm »
Thank you both.  Useful.  Investigations continue.

20th Century / York Bowen
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:55:50 pm »
Very little on York Bowen on this forum.  Small snippets, like how good Hough's recordings of the Bowen Piano works are, and this...

....York Bowen as the "English Rakhmaninov"

I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll be getting to know a lot more about him over the next year.  I've committed to performing his Viola Concerto on 26 June 2016.  If I'm doing something big like that, I'll spend a lot of time finding out about the composer, the genesis of the work (in this case, it's yet another viola work written for Tertis ), and the actual detail of the work.  (In this case, there are some inconsistencies in the score and even more between the 3 recordings I can find, which I am going to have to investigate with the publishers / RAM.)

Please share any insight into Bowen that you may have.  I'll let you know how I get on too.

Many thanks

Tommo (aka Hull1990)

The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:39:59 pm »
Another outing for my alter ego, Hull 1980.

Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor op.57
Dvorak Piano Quintet No.2 in A Major op.81

Sarah Down, piano
Members of West Forest Sinfonia

Sunday 15 February, 3pm
Recital Room, South Hill Park, Bracknell

Hope you can come and enjoy!


The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:43:42 pm »
Ah. Yes.  :facepalm:

I'd never previously thought of that actually.

Do you think he was acquainted with Walter Piston?

When I was younger, Dick Emery was thought to be amusing.  Now his name simply brings a tear to my eye....  ;)


The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:41:50 pm »
I'm sure even the good servers at google are tired of answering the question (NSFW!) of how long it takes to travel from this town to this other town ;)
Hmm. Takes quite a while in a car. Maybe better to get out of the car and find a more suitable venue.

This is a somewhat safer route.


20th Century / Re: Patrick Gowers
« on: January 31, 2015, 01:52:01 pm »
I've been catching up on Smiley's People via iplayer.  Super series.  Fabulous cast and some wonderful acting.  There are lots of still parts with no music, which gives it a bleakness and cold war feel - but when it does come, the music (by Patrick Gowers) is super too.  Simple in many ways but has a tension all the way through - just right for the subject.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Separated at birth
« on: January 26, 2015, 09:54:28 pm »
Fair enough.... about these two?

Egon Foulds (ghost-composer)                                                                  John "Buster" Spengler

The Coffee Bar / Re: CAPTIONS!
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:20:52 pm »

Bloke in the second violins:  Blimey!  If he can get Barbara  to do that at work, imagine what he can get Magdalena to do when he gets home......

The Coffee Bar / Re: Separated at birth
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:15:49 pm »

Jack Terfyl and Bryn Bauer



Does anyone spot the Russian for 'Kitchen'?


The Coffee Bar / Re: The Happy Thread
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:30:07 am »
An unmistakable smell of gas earlier had me picking up the phone to report it. A very nice young chap was there within half an hour checking things out. I was struck by the fact that he spoke to me as though I were a human being, as opposed to a bloomin' nuisance. He then asked to go outside into the garden as that was where the smell was strongest.  "Oh wow!", he said as he got to the top of the steps, "this is like a secret garden". He gave a big beam. I could have hugged him after all the negativity and accusations of neglect that my wretched landlord has been dishing out. Instead I gave him 2 peanut butter muffins that I made yesterday  :)

It's the little things innit?

How lovely, Mort.  Brought a smile to my face today, so the happiness continues......



The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:20:58 pm »
So, next couple are up....

Sunday 28th September, 4.30p.m. Great Hall, Reading University, London Road Reading.  RG1 5AQ

Roger May - Blazing Sun (World Premiere)
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Mahler Symphony No.1

Jessica Burroughs - Cello
Jonathan Lo - Conductor
West Forest Sinfonia

£15, £13 concessions / £1 students

Sunday 12th October 2014, 3.00pm in the Recital Room, South Hill Park, Bracknell
'Sweet Desire' - music featuring the warm sonorities of viola, oboe, oboe d'amore and piano. Programme includes late Romantic works by George Enescu (Kozerstuck) and York Bowen, and a transcription of Brahms' gorgeously sensuous Gestillte Sehnsucht


I'll be leading the first concert, and the second concert will feature my alter ego, Hull1980, on viola.


News and Current Affairs / Re: Will Scots vote to leave the UK?
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:08:44 pm »
The Head all points towards staying in the Union, as no one knows what independence would mean for the practicalities of the Nation's day-to-day life (economy, law, etc), or at least it sufficiently uncertain that you wouldn't rationally take the risk.

However, this is not about the Head.  It's about the Heart.  Salmond has played a blinder on the emotional aspects of being Scottish and in control of your own destiny.  In contrast, 'Better Together' despite its name has relayed an almost exclusively 'Worse Apart' message, and done so based on rational thinking, rather than the great feeling it is to be British.

I think the Scots are a very proud nation but also very cautious and prudent.  But caution in recent years has not been a watchword they can rely upon  - perhaps debacles like RBS are both a symptom of them becoming less cautious and a reason to believe national caution is no longer of any value in an increasingly stupid world.  I wouldn't be surprised if more vote with their heart than their head, and we have the end of the Union.


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