BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2020

BBC Music Magazine is a must for anyone with a passion for classical music. Classical music connoisseurs and new enthusiast alike will enjoy the fascinating features and reviews of over 120 new works in every issue. Please Note: Our digital edition does not include the cover mount items or supplements you would normally find with printed copies

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this month’s contributors

Michael Beek BBC Music’s reviews editor ‘It’s not every day that you pick up the phone to find one of your heroes on the other end of the line. Talking to John Williams about a career I’ve followed since I was 13 was both a thrill and an honour.’ Page 26 Freya Waley-Cohen Composer ‘I’ve written a joyful, earthy carol for you which I hope will bring you some warmth and light as you bring your voices together this Christmas! Writing it felt like sending out a little wish.’ Page 36 Christopher Cook Writer and broadcaster ‘A chance purchase of a 78 recording of the great tenor aria from Le postillon de Lonjumeau kindled my interest in Adolphe Adam, who is one of the least appreciated of French Romantic composers.’ Page 58…

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As Richard Morrison says on p25, we still don’t know what sort of Christmas we’re in for. I normally measure out my Advent in choir concerts and the rush to learn some new festive organ music. This year, I’m going to try and still do the latter, despite not having a congregation to hang on my every note (I wish!). In the spirit of carrying on as normal as possible, we went ahead and commissioned a brand new carol for you to sing. If you’re unable to get together for a rehearsal with your choir, you could still spend a few happy hours perusing it at home, and maybe even sneak a performance in before Epiphany. Freya Waley-Cohen’s beautiful ‘A candle sings of simple things’ will, we hope, provide some…

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letter of the month

A note from the doctor The Bristol area connection with Vaughan Williams mentioned in Liberating the Lark, your December feature on The Lark Ascending, prompts me to mention another link. In 1951, Vaughan Williams was awarded the first Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Bristol, at a ceremony presided over by Sir Winston Churchill, chancellor of the University. Elizabeth Godfrey, a dear friend of mine who was a lifelong musician and teacher, became the first person to receive the degree of Bachelor of Music from the university at this time. When she died in 2010, among her papers was a greetings telegram sent to her by the great man (who was known for his support of young musicians and performers) which read: ‘Congratulations to BMus from DMus. RVW’. The…

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have your say…

A perfect setting December’s The Lark Ascending cover feature brought back a very particular memory. In, I think, the early 1980s, I taped a performance of The Lark broadcast on Radio 3. But it wasn’t just the Romance; rather, it featured the whole poem read with it. It showed how the structure of Vaughan Williams’s piece mirrors perfectly Meredith’s complete text. That cassette has long since gone the way of all my cassettes, but it was a memorable marriage of music and words. I’m pretty sure the musicians were the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, directed by Neville Marriner. Iona Brown might even have been the soloist. As to the reader, I’m sad to say I have completely forgotten who it was. I wonder if there still lurks somewhere in the BBC’s cavernous…

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the full score

Internet improvisation shines a light on dementia Eighty-year-old composer’s two-minute piece raises huge sums for charities Paul Harvey, an 80-year-old composer suffering with dementia, has enjoyed an unexpected moment of fame after a film of him improvising at the piano became an internet hit. Harvey’s two-minute improvisation has since enjoyed widespread coverage on TV, has been arranged and performed by the BBC Philharmonic and has inspired donations to charity, including one of £1 million. The remarkable story began in September when Harvey’s son Nick gave him four notes – F, A, D and B – to improvise upon and filmed the result. On being uploaded onto Twitter, it rapidly went viral and, at the time of going to press, has gone on to enjoy nearly two million views. When Radio 4’s Broadcasting…

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the month in numbers

2 …fine composers. Congratulations to James Mitchell and Paul Trepte, winners of the Royal College of Organists Composition Competition. 83 …million Euros well spent, as the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall opens in Ankara, Turkey. 7 …more years at Deutsche Oper Berlin for conductor Sir Donald Runnicles, who has extended his contract. 4 …hours and 30 minutes of music by Scottish composer Stuart Macrae, played non-stop by violinist Fenella Humphreys (above) to highlight streaming payment issues.…