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.
The Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill is the song most people know without any idea of its composer. It was only one of many written by James Hook, who was organist and composer to the Pleasure Gardens at Marylebone and Vauxhall in London for many years. He was born in Norwich, probably on 3 June 1746, died in Boulogne in 1827 and was prolific, especially of song.
Ensemble. Devil-may-care Frolics - Sinfonia Viva at Derby Folk Festival, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. A Glistening Treasury - Songs with orchestra from Deborah Riedel, enjoyed by Howard Smith. '... a bounteous seam of unfamiliar, wholly blissful vocal gems ...'