‘Over the snowy down’*

I am travelling from Edinburgh to London on the train today. Not an unusual thing for me to do. But it is a particularly beautiful experience. Certain parts of the UK have had a light dusting of early winter snow and so the countryside is looking all pleased with itself. It has teamed up with…

Rescue me

I have never thought of Franz Joseph Haydn as heroic. Yet he gallantly came to my rescue twice today. Haydn was a brilliant classical composer, leading the way in the development of things we take so much for granted in music these days, such as the symphony; string quartets; and sonatas. He was a friend…