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Weedon Weekly: 19th November 2017

Penny

Less Weakly

I'm feeling much better today, perked up by your kind wishes and swift responses to yesterday's blog.  I'm now turning my attention to the opinions you expressed after my item 'Choose Your Fantasy Programme'. Terry, whose email prompted that item, wrote in to say "Well done! I'd like to think a few artists will take note. I like your suggested music - Stylistics, Barry White, Bee Gees etc. Hopefully you will publish the reactions." Your wish is my command, Terry.

Syd said "I'm one of the silver haired concert goers that Terry mentioned. I can remember quite well being in the barrack room in the early 50s listening to Radio Luxembourg on a tinny radio. So my enjoyment of music spans the 50s to the 80s, 1960 to the end of 1980 being my favourite time. Discos in the 70s as a 40 year old teenager -...

Weedon Weekly: 9th October 2017

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CHOOSE YOUR FANTASY PROGRAMME
I recently swapped emails with regular Weedon Weekly reader Terry. He feels that a lot of performers would do well to reflect on the music they are playing. As Terry says, when one looks round a concert hall these days, most of us in the audience are sporting more than the odd grey hair. But Terry believes a lot of performers (organists in particular) believe their listeners were teenagers during the 1930s and 40s, if their programmes are anything to go by. I certainly hear many renditions of Glenn Miller and a fair smattering of wartime songs. 
Terry set the members of his local organ society audience the challenge of putting together their 'dream' concert programmes. Once they were handed in, he analysed the answers. It turned out that the majority of their favourites dated from the 1960s and 70s, with a few from the...

Weedon Weekly: 11th September 2017

A COUNTRY PRACTICE

I have been a bit quiet lately, haven't I? Some would say that makes a pleasant change :-)  I have, in fact, been beavering away on a new concert programme.

I try to choose my repertoire with some sort of theme. In the past, I've put together programmes featuring Spring, Autumn, Winter, Film Themes, European Countries, Viennese Music and the Music of England.

When I took delivery of my latest instruments, I needed to put a selection together in a hurry. As both Diddy the D Deck and Elsie read old Tyros and EL registrations with ease, this was far easier than I had feared. I simply cherry-picked favourite pieces from past repertoire, using one piece for each letter of the alphabet. And now I'm completely hooked on my A to Z programmes, so I am currently working on 'A to Z, Autumn 2017'.

Depending on the...

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