The road not taken

Smyth, Bantock and Holbrooke; or, more familiarly, Ethel, Granville and Joseph (aka Josef). That familiarity, however, doesn’t extend – for most people, anyway – to a knowledge of the music of these three. So, this week, we’re going to explore an alternative history, to acquaint (or reacquaint) ourselves with the works of these distinguished composers. w […]

The unusual suspects

Mugshots of a triumvirate of nineteenth century musical knights; from left to right Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and Sir Hubert Parry. OK, ok, so only one of them is actually an Anglo-Saxon (and even he has a suspiciously Welsh sounding name!) Together – their mostly celtic origins notwithstanding – they presided over what has been described […]