Blogs by Richard Sandland

Chasing Ann

April 20, 2015
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I've been chasing a woman for at least 18 months. I was fascinated that we used a woman composer in 1948. I was equally fascinated that an internet search revealed nothing about her.

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Two men and lots of notes

March 6, 2015
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Guy Woolfenden was Head of Music here from 1963 until 1995. In that time, he wrote music for productions of every Shakespeare play.

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Albert Cazabon and Sydney Harbour Bridge

January 19, 2015
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Albert Cazabon was the son of French violinist Alphonse Casaubon and was in Stratford for two fantastically busy seasons, in 1919 and 1943.

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Fantasia on a Theme of Frank Benson

December 22, 2014
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It's nice to report that we had, 100 years ago, one of the undisputed masters of what is now known as the Second English Musical Renaissance working here.

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Shakespeare's other Julius

November 17, 2014
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The music for As You Like It in 1946 was written by Julius Harrison. I became interested in him after hearing a CD of his orchestral music issued by the admirable Dutton record company, who have been gradually recording much neglected British music from the 20th Century.

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Who was Anthony Bernard?

October 28, 2014
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As promised, here's more about Anthony Bernard, Music Director between 1932 and 1942.

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Overture Shakespearean 1879

September 29, 2014
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Soon after the building of the new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879, a gala concert was held in the new space.

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Rosabel Watson and King John

September 8, 2014
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I have to admit to becoming really keen on a name from the early years; Suffragette Rosabel Watson – who worked in Stratford on and off between 1916 and 1944, as a Music Director.

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Anthony Bernard

August 21, 2014
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Anthony Bernard was Music Director for us between 1932 and 1942. The story goes that in 1932, Sir Edward Elgar was offered the post of Music Director by the RSC but that he turned it down, recommending Anthony Bernard in his place.

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John Wooldridge

August 12, 2014
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The 1951 production of The Tempest at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon directed by Michael Benthall and starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Burton as Ferdinand, featured music by John Wooldridge.

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