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.
Ruth Railton, founder of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, was born on 14 December 1915 in Kent, UK, to a clergyman father and a musician mother. She founded the orchestra in 1948 and, as its musical director, was occupied full time until 1965. The orchestra became a national institution, playing each year at the London Proms and fostering the careers of musicians such as Iona Brown, Michael Collins and Simon Rattle. Railton died on 23 February 2001, aged 85.