BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine January 2021

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

Freya Parr BBC Music’s editorial assistant ‘Leaving the house has been something of a novelty since March, so it was very special to meet Elena Urioste and Tom Poster, whose online concerts kept us all sane throughout the year.’ Page 26 David Lipsey Journalist and politician ‘The life of an aspiring young musician is hard. Help by sponsoring them! I describe my experience with two coming megastars – an experience I have got at least as much out of as they have.’ Page 40 Geoffrey Smith Broadcaster and writer ‘It was a pleasure to pay homage to Dave Brubeck, a jazz original I got to know well over the years. He remained both true to his vision and I found him to be one of the nicest men in the business.’ Page 42…

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Last century (it certainly feels like it) I was lucky enough to enjoy a gap year before university, and went to Paris to study the organ and piano at Rueil-Malmaison. While fees back then were very reasonable, and living costs in Paris not as eye-watering as they are now, I couldn’t have done it without private sponsorship, including money from the Peter Messenger Memorial Fund, set up in memory of a former pupil at my school, Ellesmere College, and from the The Eric Thompson Trust, which has gone on to help dozens of other young organists in their pursuit of a career. Now, more than ever, as the eminent journalist and politician David Lipsey writes in his persuasive piece on p40, young talent needs the generosity of individuals to plug…

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letter of the month

Advance Australian composers fair While very welcome, especially the attention paid to the under-appreciated music of Peggy Glanville Hicks, your article on classical music in Australia (November) contained a couple of omissions. Alfred Hill, a contemporary of Vaughan Williams and Australia’s first composer of note, was prolific and did much to establish a classical music tradition in his own country and in New Zealand. His music stems more from his studies in Leipzig than material from his native land but his Third Symphony, Australia, is worth hearing. Also missing is Arthur Benjamin, a contemporary and friend of Howells, Bliss and Gurney. He deserves to be better known for more than his association with Alfred Hitchcock or for light music like his Jamaican Rhumba. Especially good are his Symphony and Piano Concerto,…

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have your say…

The glories of G&S How lovely to see your article on Gilbert & Sullivan (I have a song to sing, O!, Christmas issue) and even more touching to know that they are still loved by amateur societies, as they should be. Not that Sullivan ever wanted to be famous for that, though. He once admitted in an interview that it bothered him to set music to such polished lines and metre as: ‘We figure in lively paint, Our attitude’s queer and quaint, You’re wrong if you think it ain’t, Oh!’ But he still did, and I for one love these operettas all the more for that. Let’s see lots more productions! Paul Brock, Oxford Igor’s passion To add further confirmation to the mention of Stravinsky’s enthusiasm for Gilbert & Sullivan, when I was writing…

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ivors awards recognise a year of composing talent

Major works by Jonny Greenwood and Richard Blackford are among the high-profile winners of this year’s Ivors Composer Awards. Greenwood took the Large Orchestral award for his Horror Vacui, scored for violin soloist and 68 strings, while Blackford’s dramatic Pietà won him the choral award. Other winners included Philip Venables’s opera Denis & Katya and, in the Sound Art category, Kathy Hinde’s Twittering Machines. Hinde’s award was, however, a rare success for female composers this year. Sponsored by PRS for Music, the Ivors – formally known as the British Composer Awards – have been presented annually since 2004. Normally the occasion is marked by a ceremony in London, but this year the winners had to accept their gongs at home. For Blackford, this was his first win. ‘I’m so delighted Pietà…

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great honour makes organist swell with pride

Thomas Trotter has been named as the recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music for 2020. The prestigious award recognises the exceptional organist’s career of more than four decades at the console, not least in the role of Birmingham City Organist. Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted, however, that it is only a few months since we reported that pianist Imogen Cooper had won the Queen’s Medal for 2019. That is because the decision has been taken to return to announcing the award on 22 November – the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music – as was intended when the Medal was first introduced by Master of the Queen’s Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies back in 2005.…