January 2018

Weedon Weekly: 23rd January 2018

Never too late

NO SUCH THING AS ‘TOO LATE’

So often people say to me, with heartfelt regret, “I’d love to take up music [again] but I’ve left it too late”. And I always counter that it’s never too late to get pleasure from music in some form or other.  Apart from those whose hearing has altered so that sound is distorted, there’s always broadcast and recorded music to enjoy.  One can learn a phenomenal amount about music history and/or theory by listening to it with some explanation. One of the most popular courses we ran for HF Holidays was ‘The Nuts and Bolts of Music’ in which Tony and I explained each aspect of music - melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and expression - and then played glorious works which illustrated each facet. The guests always said they got a whole new level of pleasure from each piece, once they understood...

Weedon weekly add-on: 13th January 2018

Cross emoticon

Computers? Nothing to smile about!

If you received my blog as a newsletter today, you may wonder why a smiley face followed the announcement of TOE's impending demise. I'm wondering the same thing! I now discover that my computer is an incurable optimist. If I type in a sad face  :-( it replaces it with a smiley one  :-)  I'm all in favour of a sunny nature, but who's boss here? Me or my computer?  Hmmm. Better not answer that...

Weedon Weekly: 12th January 2018

Robin Richmond LP

THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS - NO LONGER :-(

After nearly 50 years on the airwaves, the BBC have just announced that they will be axing this venerable programme in May, along with the "Radio 2 Arts" programme and  "Listen to the Band". I remember tuning in as a little girl to get my weekly fix of Robin Richmond, and pretty much sticking with it ever since Nigel Ogden took over as presenter. I only missed it when, in later years, I was away from home being one of the organists actually doing the entertaining.  

How excited I felt when I first appeared on the Radio 2 playlist! I popped up there periodically for a few years, until the Beeb in their wisdom decided that we 'orchestral' players weren't really organists at all. So I put together a new CD of 'pure classical organ tracks' (In Classic Style) which did the...

Weedon Weekly: 1st January 2018

A set of carillon bells

SAY IT WITH BACH
As I write this, the whole world is seeing in the New Year like a Mexican wave - well, except here at Weedon Music, where we're snug by the fire listening to the rain pattering against the windows. We hope you're equally cosy. Only one tune springs into my mind at this season - In dir ist Freude, arranged as an organ chorale by the incomparable Johann Sebastian Bach. Say that in a Welsh accent and it sounds pure Dylan Thomas. Let's listen to it being played in the skilful hands (and feet) of 40-year old Swedish Organist Ulf Norberg - and he must be good as he played at the Swedish Royal wedding!

Bach wrote this chorale specifically for new year. Did you notice the repeating pedal tune (D G BCDCD G)? It imitates the repetitious peal of celebratory bells perfectly! It's...