England’s Forgotten Composer

When most people think about England’s great composers, the names of Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams immediately spring to mind. There is, however, one composer who has been consistently forgotten over the past 99 years. I am referring to George Butterworth, a twentieth-century composer whose life was cut tragically short … More England’s Forgotten Composer

Musical Thoughts – Ralph Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi

When I wrote some brief thoughts on Finlandia around a month ago, I didn’t think it would be that long before I next wrote. Anyway, here we are. Ralph Vaughan Williams is one of the most well-known English composers, renowned for lyrical melodies and wonderful harmonies that evoke a typically English pastoral scene. The most famous … More Musical Thoughts – Ralph Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi

Challenging the Stereotype: Why Classical Music is Perfectly Normal

It’s rather a long time since I last posted, for which I ought to apologise. Unfortunately, I’ve been hugely busy with other commitments, some of which I shall discuss in what is my tenth post on this blog (a milestone of sorts). Being a student musician is possibly one of the most time-consuming extra-curricular activities … More Challenging the Stereotype: Why Classical Music is Perfectly Normal