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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.

Opinions divided on David Bowie Prom

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David Bowie

Ever since the oversight of Roger Wright, the Proms Festival has pushed its boundaries and widened its horizons.

David Pickard’s crossover programme taking Bowie’s repertoire and giving it new treatments by Anna Calvi, John Cale, Marc Almond, Laura Mvula and Elf Kid, sought to pay homage but has attracted widely and wildly diverse reactions and polarised opinion.

Here’s a sample, which just goes to show, you can’t please all of the people all of the time!

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Farewell to Max

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

I have known Max for years – well, about 35 years, and, albeit through intermittent contact, that is still time enough to absorb a sense of the man, the musician, the communicator.

Too often styled as an ‘enfant terrible’ of the contemporary classical music world, his compositions are, to a large extent, far from the ‘difficult’ that commentators loved carelessly and lazily to use in pejorative description or parlance of avoidance, when in truth it was rather too difficult for them to take the time and trouble of better acquaintance.

Max was ever his own person – outwardly mild and congenial, inwardly robust, opinionated, fearless and frank.

A recent interview about his 10th symphony (think how many composers never got past number 9!) had him putting his work as a composer in the ‘upper end of civilised society’. Who dares, these days, from the world of contemporary music, to make such a claim?! Good on you, Max.

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