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Classical Legends Awarded Blue Plaques

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Kathleen FerrierClassical legends Sir Neville Marriner and Kathleen Ferrier were amongst the 47 iconic musicians to be honoured with a Blue Plaque in celebration of BBC Music Day.

All 40 BBC Local Radio stations and Asian Network in England teamed up with the British Plaque Trust to find local legends who deserved to be better recognised in their local area. Suggestions poured in from the public and today, BBC Music Day, the full list of new plaques was revealed.

Alongside popstar David Bowie and broadcaster John Peel, Sir Neville Marriner and Kathleen Ferrier received new plaques in their honour. Marriner’s new plaque is at his Lincoln birthplace, while Ferrier’s first professional performance at the Aspatria Parish Church in Cumbria is marked.

Other classical musicians to be recognised today include contralto Constance Shacklock – a member of Covent Garden opera and began her career with the Nottingham Operatic Society at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham – and tenor Alfie Boe. Boe’s plaque will be placed at Marine Hall in Fleetwood, where he gave his first performance in 1987, aged 14.

Autism and the power of music

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Why am I blogging about autism?

I’m prompted by the manager of an artist who has recorded a song about his nephew who has Asberger’s Syndrome. The artist is Errol Sammut and the song, Burton’s Song is being used to raise awareness about autism via a number of charities and notably The Marigold Foundation.

You can listen to Burton’s Song here.

Go to The Marigold Foundation facebook page.

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yes, but what sort of music?

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Fair enough question. I can’t speak for the rest of the team, so this is more about me. True to say I am passionate about all sorts of music, if it is original, exciting, challenging, arresting, uplifting. I want it to grab my attention, stop my train of thought, change my mood, stimulate my own creative work. Although the main focus for all of this for me is in the contemporary classical music world, I recently went to an inspiring performance of a neglected mid-nineteenth century work. It wasn’t something I’d want to hear every day, but this performance had been prepared with such dedication and was performed with such relish and energy that it was truly breath-taking. It was the opera La Juive by Fromental Halevy, written around 1865. At tutti we like to identify and give a showcase to music which we think will be inspiring. As it happens, we don’t have a recording of La Juive but we have a lot of other premier recordings of previously unknown works. Here’s the link for just one of them: Handel’s opera, Silla. OK, I’m off to see the in-laws now, so no more posting until Sunday. Except maybe another member of teamtutti will have introduced themselves before then. Where are you guys?

Sarah Rodgers

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