Tuesday, July 14, 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.

The Midweek Hymn: Jerusalem the Golden

THIS hymn originated in the 12th century when a French Benedictine monk known as Bernard of Cluny (who apparently had English parents) wrote De...

Classics on Sunday: The young Mendelssohn

I FIND it incredible that Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) wrote his marvellous Octet in E flat major Op 20 when he was only 16. And...

The Midweek Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness

THIS week’s choice is a request from our reader ‘Starshiptrooper’. It is based on one of the saddest stories of the Bible, yet it...

Classics on Sunday – Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K364

TO my ear, the moment after the orchestral build-up when the solo viola and violin enter together, an octave apart, is one of the...

The Midweek Hymn: We Plough the Fields and Scatter

I WAS saving this hymn for Harvest Festival but other things intervened and I missed the date, which was September 22. I didn’t realise...

BBC simpers with the luvvies as eco warriors wreak havoc

LONDON was blockaded by a major protest yesterday but there was not the slightest disruption. No one sat for hours in a traffic queue....

Classics on Sunday – Schubert: Notturno D897

I FIRST heard this decades ago as the signature tune to a BBC serial reading of Henry James’s The Aspern Papers, and I was...

The Midweek Hymn: I Vow to Thee My Country

I FELT that in these troubled times a patriotic hymn would be a comfort, reminding us of what makes us proud of our country...

Classics on Sunday: The Stars and Stripes Forever

THIS is the first in a series in which I hope to showcase my favourite classical music. I am not sure if a march...

The Midweek Hymn: Nearer, My God, To Thee

THIS hymn is inextricably linked with the 1912 Titanic disaster, when the liner hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New...

The Melody Makers 10: Broadway Medley Part IV

IN this series celebrating the immense Jewish contribution to the popular music of the last century or so, this is the last round-up of...

The Midweek Hymn: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

A FEW days ago I had an email which made me realise how powerful our much-loved hymns can be even today, and although I...

The Melody Makers 9: Broadway Medley Part III

ANOTHER selection of wonderful songs by writers whose names many not be so familiar in our series celebrating the Jewish contribution to popular music...

The Midweek Hymn: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

BACK to Charles Wesley for this week’s hymn, Jesus, Lover of My Soul, which is often written and sung as Jesu, Lover of My...

The Melody Makers: Broadway Medley Part II

IN THIS celebration of the immense Jewish contribution to the music of the last century or so, here is another selection of songs which...

The Midweek Hymn: Will Your Anchor Hold?

THERE are quite a number of hymns about the sea. This one was suggested by a reader as a tribute to the 40,000 volunteers...

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