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The Compleat Academic? Summer 2011

The Nature of the Symphony May 2011

International Music Conferences - the Exchange of Ideas Sept 2010

So you want to write a symphony? Nov2009

TRANSPOSITION & the written symbols of musical pitch Nov 2009

Practice Makes Perfect May 2009

Rehearsing and Recording April 2009

The Youth Orchestra in Reverse October 2008

The Brass Band in Britain July 2008

Youth - the Golden Age of Music April 2008

Music Librarians - a specialised kind of craftsmanship March 2008

Composers’ originals amended by conductors January 2008

Youthful Prodigy or Late Developer? December 2007

The Real Horn - a new enlightenment? November 2006

Elgar Symphony No 2 May 2006

Unusual instruments in the orchestra April 2006

Getting beyond his station in life? Feb 2006

Towers of Babel? Jan2007

Musical Post-Codes - Regional Sounds November 2006

Orchestral colour in the 21st century - fashion in new sounds - October 2006

Fallen by the Wayside? - Neglected Instruments September 2006

The nature of music as a meaningful language August 2006

A composer’s own most memorable performances July 2006

Never-to-be forgotten concerts June 2006

THOUGHTS ON ELGAR'S 149th BIRTHDAY June 2006

Needs no handle to its name! June 2006

AM I CAPABLE OF PLAYING THIS MUSIC? May 2006

ARTHUR BUTTERWORTH’s Desert Island Discs May 2006

Reith Lectures - April 2006 - Barenboim A universal language or a divisive art ?

A World without orchestras – computers rampant? April 2006

Insidious Decline - Arthur Butterworth fights a rear-guard action April 2006

Plenty of the plain March 2006

AGEING AUDIENCES FOR CONCERT MUSIC March 2006

CONCERT-PERFORMANCES ... THIRSTY WORK? November 2005

Inspiration - "In The Air"? Sept 05

DOES COMMISSIONED MUSIC STAND A BETTER CHANCE OF A LONG CONCERT LIFE THAN MUSIC WRITTEN WITHOUT A COMMISSION? ... June 2005

CLASSICAL MUSIC - TOO ÉLITIST ? May 2005

A COMPOSER'S PROGRESS - OR RECESSION? February 2005

SHOULD COMPOSERS TELL ? November 2004

REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION - a matter of black and white?- October 2004

THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THAT ANY MORE June 2004

THE CRITICS’ PRIME CONCERN April 2004

REAL MUSIC …. OR JUST FOR SHOW? ... January 2004

ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS: DISASTERS IN WAITING November 2003

A DECEIVING MIRROR October 2003

AN AGE OF ANXIETY August 2003

ANGLO-SAXON OPERA? May 2003

STYLE IN ORCHESTRATION Februrary 2003

ARTISTRY, CRAFTSMANSHIP or DRUDGERY? Writing an orchestral score November 2002

The Art Nouveau of Orchestral Sound October 2002

OLD LAMPS FOR NEW? September 2002

How do we win audiences August 2002

Composers - for Love or Money? May/June 2002

Overtures and Encores April 2002

LISTENERS - Professional or Amateur? March 2002

WALTON-BRITTEN, a musical north-south divide? February 2002

WILL THE AUDIENCE MIND STANDING UP? January 2002

ORGAN RECITALS - a contemporary view December 2001

THE LOQUACIOUS CONDUCTOR November 2001

PERCUSSION and the BRASS BAND October 2001

Adrian Smith and the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra Sept 2001

MUSICAL SPORTS DAYS  Aug 2001

TRANSCRIPTIONS - A CHANGE OF COLOUR? July 2001

The amateur orchestra - a British phenomenon ?  - June 2001

Rival Muses - May 2001

Why does a composer revise a work?  April 2001

Does Originality have Value?  March 2001

A LITTLE HAYDN? - GOOD February 2001

An Un-Nerving Business? January 2001

Music at Christmas December 2000

WORDS, WORDS - IDLE WORDS ? Arthur Butterworth reflects on Programme Notes  November 2000

WHY CAN'T MUSIC STUDENTS DO HARMONY?  October 2000

Only the Purest Sound September 2000


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