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jazzgirl

23rd January 2013, 11:01
I remember going with the school to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing "Young person's guide to the Orchestra" (Britten) I loved it!
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chrise

23rd January 2013, 11:04
The first record I owned was a present from my mother of "Young person's guide", with "Peter and the wolf" on the other side - she obviously wanted me to be a classical musician (unfortunately she failed in this - as with most teenagers in the sixties I learned to play the guitar instead)
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jazzgirl

23rd January 2013, 11:10
I wanted to be a professional drummer, just like my cousin, but was told girls don't play drums, and besides a set would be too expensive, so my Dad gave me a honky-tonk piano instead !
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greedy kite

23rd January 2013, 11:31
Nice to be reminded of these early examples of British humour: Hoffnung & Co were long before the Goons, Hancock etc, weren't they? I only know I heard the Bricklayer & the French Widows stories on the radio about the time when Uncle Mac did Children's favourites on Saturday mornings' and Journey into Space was running --- or am i getting everything mixed up???
And Jazzgirl: do you still play the piano then? Tell us a little (or have I missed out in the past?) -- it would interest me!
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chrise

23rd January 2013, 11:35
Funny you mention "Journey into space", GK - there was an obit. for Charles Chilton (its creator) i today's Guardian.
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magworth

23rd January 2013, 11:37
Jazzgirl - I`m looking forward to those clips. I`ve now heard Stephen Quinn - excellent. I`m sorry he`s died. Did your father not know about Ivy Benson`s Girls` band? They came to the RAF station in Egypt when I was there. What a great touch of glamour they brought to those bleak desert surroundings. Mag.
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greedy kite

23rd January 2013, 11:44
Hi, chrise! What impresses me even today is how a well-produced radio series could provoke fantasies far superior to anything produced nowadays by tv or the cinema. The same applied to a documentary broadcast I once heard alone in my bedroom about the Normandy landings which brought home to me the horror of war through my imagination (although my father was there).And then of course there was "Under Milk Wood" -- but I'm wandering a bit far, I realize............
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jazzgirl

23rd January 2013, 11:46
Mag, Father really could not have afforded the drums, so his "excuse" was accepted.
GK I do still play, but not as well, sadly. I am currently attempting to re-learn Schumann's Traumerei . Pass around the earplugs !
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chrise

23rd January 2013, 11:48
There is a saying "the pictures are better on the radio" - I've not been able to find its originator.
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chrise

23rd January 2013, 11:49
This is the best I can find:
medium that can add excellent value to your business when approached and managed correctly.When television came roaring in after the war (World War II) they did a little school survey asking children which they preferred and why - television or radio. And there was this 7-year-old boy who said he preferred radio ‘because the pictures were better.’" ~Alistair Cooke

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