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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.

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...

Classics on Sunday: Ave Maria

TWO of the most beautiful pieces of music I know are based on the same Roman Catholic prayer, the Ave Maria or Hail Mary. This...

Notes from the sticks: A hummer in the summer

IN the summer I was looking at the flowering plants I have in pots along the south-facing front of the house when...

The Midweek Hymn: His Eye is on the Sparrow

SOMETHING a bit different this week. His Eye is on the Sparrow is a Gospel hymn mainly associated with black singers, but it was...

Classics on Sunday: Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, Op 80

THIS delightful work is a combined musical thank you letter and a joke about academic stuffiness. The career of...

Notes from the sticks: Rubble by the Ribble

WHEN Storm Ciara arrived last weekend, it was one of the few occasions I can remember when the weather warnings turned out...

The Midweek Hymn: Rock of Ages

AN Anglican clergyman was travelling through a gorge in the Mendip Hills when he was caught in a storm. Finding refuge in...

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