RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
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 ...'