James Clifford Brown – Musician Composer Teacher – A Memoir

As much as it is practically impossible to write a fair appreciation of one’s teachers, it might be worth trying. Sadly, this often means that to some extent, the writer becomes the central figure at least in the introduction. Maybe this is why so few people do it. Most of my teachers are now dead … More James Clifford Brown – Musician Composer Teacher – A Memoir

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

Dogs Of Devon Or “Foiled Again!” – A Forgotten Operetta

Dogs Of Devon Or “Foiled Again!” Our operatic and dramatic societies are very sophisticated nowadays. They produce wonderful shows with wonderful performers in fantastic venues. The spirit of the companies is the same as it always was; optimistic, loyal, seeking to perform to the highest level – and rightly so, for ’twas ever thus. It’s … More Dogs Of Devon Or “Foiled Again!” – A Forgotten Operetta