The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
English conductor Paul Daniel was born in Birmingham on 5 July 1958. He was a chorister at Coventry Cathedral and studied music at King's College, Cambridge, then conducting with Adrian Boult and Edward Downes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
His positions have included music director of Opera Factory (1987-1990), musical director of Opera North and Principal Conductor of the English Northern Philharmonia (1990-1997), Music Director of English National Opera (1997-2005), Principal Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (from 2009) and principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Real Filharmonica de Galicia (in Santiago de Compostela) from January 2013.
Honours include an Olivier Award in 1998, a Gramophone Award in 1999 for his Naxos recordings of English music, and a CBE in 2000.
Ensemble. Quite Stunning - The 2015 Three Choirs Festival, enjoyed by Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Highly Successful - Roderic Dunnett looks back to Worcester's 2014 Three Choirs Festival, and forward to Hereford's Festival in July 2015
Ensemble. Tragic Splendour - More Britten from Paul Daniel and the BBC Philharmonic, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Superb Control - Wagner, Bruch and Elgar in Nottingham, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Stunning Musical Performance - Donizetti's 'Lucrezia Borgia', reviewed by Robert Hugill
DVD Spotlight. Fortunes in Love - Mozart's 'Mitridate', enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... marvellous singing throughout ...'
Ensemble. A Mythic Story - 'Nixon in China', reviewed by Robert Hugill
Ensemble. A terrific evening - 'Dialogues des Carmélites' at English National Opera, reviewed by Robert Hugill
Ensemble - Naughty but nice. David Thompson enjoys English National Opera's 'Lulu' at the London Coliseum