Music Everywhere

Listed on June 19, 2013 in Blogs!

Music is everywhere this week as we embark on our Midsummer Music Fest with pianist Ashley Wass and friends. Four concerts over four evenings and an amazing line up of musicians and repertoire.

In my last blog I mentioned a publication with a Dillington connection about a boy growing up in Sherborne. Now it’s the turn of a local author and music enthusiast who has written a complete guide to the history of classical music – no less!

Clive Bate’s book is neither an encyclopaedia nor a set of composer biographies but an anthology of histories and a miscellany of short essays on such subjects as the development of musical instruments, the orchestra and concert halls. The large-format paperback (A4 size) runs to 250 pages and is being sold for the amazing price of £9.95. The title ‘In Search of Real Music’ betrays the author’s bias but it isn’t a tirade worthy of ‘Mr Disgruntled of Tunbridge Wells’. Instead, it is a thoughtful and succinct reference book that’s eminently readable. The ISBN code is 978-179035-391-3 and can be ordered from your local bookshop, from Waterstones or Amazon.