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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.

Classics on Sunday: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor

WOLFGANG Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) wrote 23 piano concertos, only two of which were in minor keys (which tend to sound less cheerful). This...

Notes from the sticks: HS2? Just give us better branch lines

ONCE or twice a month I travel by train from our nearest town, Clitheroe, to London. The journey from Clitheroe on a...

The Midweek Hymn: Angel Voices, Ever Singing

THIS hymn was suggested by our loyal reader ‘Starshiptrooper’, and I’m glad he did because I don’t think I would have remembered...

Classics on Sunday: Haydn’s String Quartet Op 76, No 3, ‘Emperor’

I HAVE the feeling that Haydn is a bit under-rated these days. Maybe it is because he did not die tragically young...

Notes from the sticks: The defiance of the lambs

WHEN we lived in the south London suburbs I didn’t think a lot about sheep, but I suppose I fell in with...

The Midweek Hymn: At the Name of Jesus

THIS is quite an unusual hymn in that the most popular tune is by a composer who is still living.

Why I love Nick Kyrgios

ANYONE who watched yesterday’s Australian Open tennis third round match between home challenger Nick Kyrgios and world No 1 Rafael Nadal, of...

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...

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