Posts in Category: Music

Ding dong!

I have just discovered a tape recording of me (aged 15, December 1983 I think) singing carols with the Finn twins (creators of Sibelius software) and Jimmy Gumpert (former St Paul’s chorister), recorded on my tape recorder at school. One of the Finns (I cannot remember which, but probably “J” as he was more silly) is hooting out the alto part, I’m ... read more
 

Creating a new website for Peter Tranchell

Do dead composers need websites? Of course they do! Perhaps they also need Facebook pages and twitter accounts, I wouldn't know about that. Well Peter Tranchell has had one for ages, running on free web hosting with up to four free pages, set up by John Gwinnell at www.patranchell.info. Or rather, he did have one, until... I was contacted a... read more
 

How to transfer a vinyl LP to MP3 using Audacity

This is a note to self really, as I find that when I come to transfer an LP to computer once every few months I have forgotten how I did it before so it takes me twice as long as it should. There are a lot of possible variations in this process, but this basic workflow does the job for me. I hope it might be useful to someone else too. Setting... read more
 

Westminster Abbey vs St Paul’s - an evensong shoot-out

Whilst in London for our half-term mini break we took (our Brecon chorister) Robin to evensong at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s, to see how the other half live. First up was the Abbey, on Tuesday. We arrived at about 16:40 and were ushered into places about 6 feet from the Cantoris trebles’ east end. We were furnished with full guides to... read more
 

It's the Pitts: mad world

While sorting out the CDs and making sure they are all on the pooter I found a home-made one from lil bro Nick with two tracks from Anthony Pitts and Tonus Peregrinus: The Flower and Mad World. The latter turned out to be a hilarious and impressive choral arrangement of the Tears for Fears number, and it's so bonkers I could resist uploading it... read more
 

Don’t arrive out of breath (or out of practice)

Caius College Choir Long Vac summons from Peter Tranchell, August 1988
This being a transcription of the hand-written (then photocopied) letter sent to choral scholars before term, August 1988. Dear Crispin (or other choral scholar’s name as appropriate) With any luck, you’ve been having so far a delightful and perhaps profitable vac. May it last as long as poss. Perhaps you’ve caught sight of a book, but maybe ... read more
 

An obituary of Peter Tranchell from the Telegraph, September 18, 1993

Reproduced from a Swedish genealogy web page: http://www.tjocka.nu/heritage/i797.htm Headline: Obituary of Peter Tranchell Publication Date: September 18, 1993 Source: The Daily Telegraph London Page: 19 Subjects: Region: United Kingdom Obituary: PETER TRANCHELL, the musician and teacher who has died aged 71, was a resourceful and... read more
 

Memories of Peter Tranchell

Singing in the Brecon Cathedral Choir is bringing back a kaleidoscope of memories of singing in the Caius College Choir under composer/precentor Peter Tranchell ("PAT"), a frighteningly long time ago. In parallel, I've found myself in touch with John Gwinnell, who is researching and writing PAT's biography as described here, and has also sung in... read more
 

Sunday Worship from Brecon Cathedral

We were all up at 6 this morning, leaving the house to clear dawn skies with a sickle moon and stars, for final rehearsals in the Cathedral; then at 08:10, after a few silent and tense minutes of waiting, the live Remembrance Day service. Robin in the choir of course, we in the congregation. Lo nearly got the giggles before the start, while... read more
 

Robin sings like lark

Robin attended auditions for the Brecon Cathedral choir this morning in the Diocesan Centre with Mark Duthie and Father Michael.  Robin was very nervous, but there were several current choirboys and girls who helped make the candidates feel at ease, and some of the “matrons” and parents there to chat to, plus drinks and cake. After a 10-15... read more