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What music do I really like?

  • Posted on: 2 February 2021
  • By: huw

What music do I really like?

Huw Jenkins

I recently looked at the list of music I’d listened to on Spotify in the last few months. It made me realise how narrow-minded and insular my musical listening becomes when I’m not being challenged by others.

Seven Lockdown Lessons

  • Posted on: 21 November 2020
  • By: huw

From the start of the second lockdown, RCS tenor Chris Lee has been reflecting on what has helped him stay well over the past eight months. Here is what he learnt.

Being purposeful – looking back at the end of the day (at a to-do list in my case) aim to have a few activities that you’re pleased to have got done. These worthwhile achievements could be quite small – cleaning the kitchen or clearing the leaves from the pavement outside your house.

Musical Notes - Neil Heywood

  • Posted on: 21 November 2020
  • By: huw

RCS Bass and regular provider of the programme notes for our concerts Neil Heywood writes.....

My earliest memory of music - cold nights at Christmas, when the village silver band would play carols outside the house. Magic for a little boy. Soon after I learned to play all the twiddly bits of Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring on a mouth organ (fortunately not recorded? - ed). The peak of my instrumental career, I’m sorry to say.

Ian Sanders' Desert Island Discs

  • Posted on: 21 November 2020
  • By: huw

When the Royston Choral Society is in action, Ian is a tenor. Here he explains his desert island selection…

This was far from an easy job because the music I like covers a wide range of genres. Choosing just eight pieces was nigh on impossible. So I have selected not necessarily my favourite pieces but music that made lasting impressions at various times. Roughly in chronological order these are:

Musical Reflections - Suzanne Knowles

  • Posted on: 2 October 2020
  • By: huw

RCS Soprano Suzanne Knowles writes.....

As probably the longest-serving member of the Royston Choral Society, apart from Dick Prince, since joining in 1979, I thought I could let you know some of my choice of music for that desert island as well as recount other musical memories.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio I think the opening overture and first chorus is the happiest piece of music ever.

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