Category Archives: Music

When we are free: a ramblers’ anthem

Today would have been Barbara MacDonald’s 108th birthday. She would have enjoyed the song When we are free by her granddaughter Anna Tanvir. Continue reading

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Farewell to Dehradun

For the last five months I have enjoyed gigs from Dehradun, India Continue reading

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Gregynog’s wood warblers

Ramblers Cymru’s Welsh Council was held at Gregynog this year, a fascinating place. Continue reading

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A companion to Tippett’s music

Today, the composer Michael Tippett (who joined the Kinder trespassers in 1932) would have been 113 years old. Continue reading

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Centenary of the inscrutable Lis Hawkins

Lis Hawkins, defender of Dartmoor, would have been 100 on 29 October 2017. Continue reading

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Sibelius: like granite

The Commons Preservation Society was only four months old when Jean Sibelius was born, 150 years ago on 8 December.  It’s a nice coincidence that two things dear to my heart should both date from 1865. In one of my … Continue reading

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Serendipity at Bolton Landing

We came upon Bolton Landing by chance, and it was just what we wanted.  Bolton Landing is at the southern end of Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains, New York State. It was Sunday 21 June, the day after the … Continue reading

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A rarified atmosphere

My friend Lis Hawkins once described a visit to a record shop in London (was it the old HMV shop near Bond Street station?).  She would enter among the cacophany of pop music and climb the stairs higher and higher through various dissonances … Continue reading

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