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I have been the Classical Music Editor since July 2011, although I started as a reviewer in 2007. This is an all-the-year-round task, but a particularly busy one during the Edinburgh Festivals in August. I am a reviewer, not a critic, and enjoy describing my overall experience of a concert or event. From time to time I write about ecclesiastical matters and general culture that concerns Edinburgh.
A boarder from the age of eight I was taught to sing by David French in the exquisite Chapel of St Nicholas at Mostyn House School. Its famous 37 bell carillon, played by boys, rang out the day's hymn tune on our way into chapel every morning.
In Loretto's chapel under Edward J. C. Garden, later Professor of Music at Sheffield University, virtually the whole school was the choir. The renowned Jean Kennoway Howells taught me to play the viola for the school orchestra. I have been a keen follower of classical and church music ever since. I first attended Usher Hall Friday evening concerts as long ago as 1960.
In recent years I have reviewed concerts of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Edinburgh Bach Choir, Edinburgh Quartet, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, European Union Youth Orchestra, Hans Gál Society, I, Culture Orchestra, Ludus Baroque, Minnesota Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Opera, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Bolivar String Quartet, and The Sixteen.
Before returning to Edinburgh to retire in 2006 I lived in central London close to Westminster Abbey with a concert pianist whom I helped set up both the Orpheus Sinfonia Orchestra and the London Firebird Orchestra, and was a close friend of the doyen of opera directors.
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