Sunday, July 5, 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: Barry Tuckwell

THE French horn player Barry Tuckwell died this month at the age of 88. He was rated a genius on the notoriously...

Notes from the sticks: The chipper dipper

This is the first in an occasional series. WE live on the bank of a fast-flowing stream and a...

The Midweek Hymn: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

I WAS wondering what hymn to do this week when out of the blue this one came into my head. I don’t...

Classics on Sunday: Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Op 20

EDWARD Elgar (1857-1934) had a long climb to the summit of his career, struggling for recognition until he was in his forties....

The Midweek Hymn: Lord of All Hopefulness

TODAY the funeral of George Layton, 78, the father of TCW commenter Tina (Tee2), is being held at Horsham St Faith crematorium...

Classics on Sunday: I Was Glad

IT seems to me that this week we ought to think of the Queen, who has served the country so steadfastly since...

The Midweek Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is

LIKE a lot of hymns, this one has taken a circuitous journey to the present day. It is based...

Classics on Sunday: J S Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No 3, BWV 1048

THE six Brandenburg Concertos were essentially written as a job application, but astonishingly they did not do the trick and were left...

A carol a day: Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar

We are repeating last year’s series on Christmas carols. This was first published on December 24, 2018. I FIRST...

A carol a day: Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending

We are repeating last year’s series on Christmas carols. This was first published on December 23, 2018. OUR penultimate...

A carol a day: See Amid the Winter’s Snow

We are repeating last year’s series on Christmas carols. This was first published on December 21, 2018. LIKE In the...

A carol a day: In Dulci Jubilo

I AM pretty sure that In Dulci Jubilo has the distinction of being the only Christmas carol to reach the top ten in the...

Two carols for today: The Holly and the Ivy/Sans Day Carol

We are repeating last year’s series on Christmas caols. This was first published on December 19, 2018.  TWO for...

A carol a day: As with Gladness Men of Old

We are repeating last year’s series about Christmas carols. This was first published on December 18, 2018.

Why do we call it Boxing Day?

LIKE most traditions, the origin of Boxing Day is unclear. The prevalent theory is that the day after Christmas used to be...

A carol a day: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

WHILE Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night is one of the most enduring and popular carols, and probably one of the most parodied. I...

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