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.
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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.
....York Bowen as the "English Rakhmaninov"
I'd never previously thought of that actually.
Do you think he was acquainted with Walter Piston?
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 townHmm. Takes quite a while in a car. Maybe better to get out of the car and find a more suitable venue.
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?