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.
VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day the world woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
'The power of the podium is far greater than that of the prime minister.' - Edward Heath
A former British prime minister and an accomplished pianist, Edward Heath was born on 9 July 1916 to a carpenter and a lady's maid. Heath's lifelong devotion to music began with piano lessons at the age of 8. He also learnt to play the organ whilst at school, and conducted the school orchestra and a local choir. By amateur standards, he became a good conductor, training the Balliol Choral Society whilst at Oxford (with an organ scholarship), and conducting the Oxford Orchestra.
In the 1970s, when prime minister, he joined the ranks of famous amateur musicians, appearing as a frequent guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and making LP recordings. He joined forces with Helmut Schmitt, German chancellor at the time, to play Mozart's concerto for two pianos, K365. Heath died on 17 July 2005, aged 89.