Monday, March 30, 2020

Margaret Ashworth

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Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist. She runs the Subbing Clinic in a hopeless attempt to keep up standards, and co-runs A & M Records where she indulges her passion for 60s pop.

Classics on Sunday: Brotherly brilliance

TWO and a bit pieces of music today to showcase a pair of wonderfully talented brothers. Renaud and Gautier...

Notes from the sticks: The great nectar robbery

LAST week I wrote that spring had not arrived in Lancashire. This week we have had some lovely sunshine but it is...

The Midweek Hymn: Thou Whose Almighty Word

I THOUGHT we could do with something uplifting this week, and I hope this hymn, with its repeated line ‘Let there be...

Classics on Sunday: Sullivan songs

ON Tuesday I wrote about the sheer joy of taking part in a school production of Gilbert and Sullivan, and this made me...

Notes from the sticks: Spring unsprung

AT THIS time of year it can seem as if spring will never arrive in Lancashire. Night-time temperatures are forecast to be...

The Midweek Hymn: Blessed Assurance

THIS is a bit shorter than my usual Midweek Hymn, partly because I have already told the story of the the writer,...

Confessions of a G & S Dragoon

READING in yesterday’s Times that Lord Glendonbrook, the former owner of the airline BMI, is to fund Gilbert & Sullivan productions around the country...

Classics on Sunday: Tchaikovsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim, Op 41

THIS extraordinary work was brought to my attention by our commenter SiberianRhod, and I thank him. It was written...

Notes from the sticks: Well eeled

WE ARE very fortunate to have eels in our stream. The bank on our side was reconstructed some years ago with massive boulders...

The Midweek Hymn: Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

THIS hymn was written specifically for Trinity Sunday, which is the first Sunday after Pentecost, which in turn is 50 days after...

Classics on Sunday: Sibelius’s Karelia Suite

I DON’T find all of Sibelius’s work very accessible, but his early Karelia Suite is a delight, particularly, in my opinion, the first and...

Notes from the sticks: Maladjusted mallards

WE always have some mallards hanging around on our stream and on the bank, usually a pair or two, sometimes 20 or 30....

The Midweek Hymn: Forty Days and Forty Nights

WE are now in Lent, when Christians commemorate the time Jesus spent in the wilderness before beginning his ministry. He ate nothing...

Classics on Sunday: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37

AT A guess, the best known and most popular Beethoven piano concerto is the majestic No 5, but this one is my...

Notes from the sticks: The wonderful world of worms

I HAVE been told that when I was four or five years old I was pushing a toy pram around when a...

The Midweek Hymn: To God be the Glory

THIS is a very popular hymn, but for many decades after it was written it was fairly obscure. It was not until...

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