Violet Carson – Pianist, Singer, Musician (1898-1985) Part 2

Ladies and Gentlemen; We invite you to “Have A Go” Late in 1946 a new programme commenced on the BBC called “Have A Go.” It was the first broadcast quiz show to offer cash prizes. As opposed to being in a central studio, this time it was in local and sometimes quite unusual venues up … More Violet Carson – Pianist, Singer, Musician (1898-1985) Part 2

Violet Carson – Pianist, Singer, Musician 1898-1985. (Part 1)

Violet Carson. A musical phenomenon. Let us remember her too. We often read that she “sang” and that she “played the piano”. But what sort of singer was she? What sort of pianist was she? (For personalities and artistes mentioned below, please navigate to the bottom of the page) Anybody aged 60 in 2017 will … More Violet Carson – Pianist, Singer, Musician 1898-1985. (Part 1)

Thoughts about Richard Runciman Terry (1864-1938) Musician, Composer

Introduction Richard Runciman Terry (1864-1938) is something of an enigma. He is variously described in many articles as a musicologist, organist, scholar and editor. In fact, the case for making these assertions appears to be overstated and the exact nature of some of his contributions to historical musical practice is under-investigated. Nevertheless, Terry remains a … More Thoughts about Richard Runciman Terry (1864-1938) Musician, Composer

Herbert Oliver Biography – Composer Pianist Accompanist Conductor Teacher

Herbert Oliver – Biography of Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Teacher For a photograph, click here. (Opens in a new window) A True London Composer And what a pleasure it was to discover the life of Herbert Oliver. This biographical sketch has taken a good many years. Herbert Oliver is almost forgotten these days and that is … More Herbert Oliver Biography – Composer Pianist Accompanist Conductor Teacher

Charles Prentice – Conductor, Musical Director, Composer, Arranger

Charles Prentice 1898-1970, Conductor, Musical Director, Orchestrator, Composer Charles Prentice Mus Bac – Orchestra under the direction of – so say the record labels. Who was Charles Prentice? From information in the National Library of Scotland, this was Charles Whitecross Prentice, born Prestonpans, Haddingtonshire or East Lothian, Scotland 28th January 1898. He was a graduate … More Charles Prentice – Conductor, Musical Director, Composer, Arranger

William Faulkes 1863-1933, Biography of a Composer

William Faulkes 1863-1933. Composer, organist, pianist, arranger, recitalist, teacher, chamber musician, conductor, musical organiser. (The entire content of this biographical sketch is the original research of Michael Baron, Musician, UK, and used by permission) Life Story That William Faulkes existed is not in doubt. Child, parent, pupil, friend, apprentice and master – William Faulkes was … More William Faulkes 1863-1933, Biography of a Composer

The Last Wedding

Yesterday was the last Wedding. After 42 years of Mendelssohn, Wagner, Widor, Guilmant, Bach, Dubois, Faulkes, Elgar, Hollins, Whitlock and many others, it had become time to stop. Not that it was not a doable thing anymore, rather that the stamina required to do these things is disappearing. This was not a decision taken lightly … More The Last Wedding