Gordon Crosse: Ad Patrem

Gordon Crosse: Ad Patrem

John Turner’s obituary to Gordon Crosse who died on 21 November 2021 makes reference to his third Elergy, Ad Patrem, which was composed in 2009 in memory of his adored father. Ad Patrem is as yet unperformed and we hope that by publishing the composers own notes on...
A tribute: Dr Thomas Rajna

A tribute: Dr Thomas Rajna

1928 – 2021 Thomas Rajna was an adventurous performer, an imaginative composer, and a truly endearing person. I wonder how he would have taken the order in which I have listed his musical occupations: on one of my visits to his home in Claremont, Cape Town, he...
Memories of composer Martin Shaw

Memories of composer Martin Shaw

My mother always used to say with a sigh, “I wish you could have known your grandfather” (pictured above in 1929). She loved him dearly, and kept a rare full-face picture of him on her desk. In recent years feel I have got to know him, through sorting out his archive...
Memories of Peter Wishart

Memories of Peter Wishart

Peter Wishart (1921 – 1984), a memoir by Richard Carder Arriving at the Guildhall School of Music early in 1961, the old building by Blackfriars Bridge, I was directed to a room upstairs, where, after knocking, the door was opened by Peter Wishart surrounded by...