Back to Normal!

Hi, Just to say I am back to posting my weekly news blogs. Sorry for the recent mess up but I have been having some work done on my site and also busy sorting out other project details and deadlines. So it has been pretty manic really. Anyway, with luck, I will be back to posting a weekly update.


Looking forward to next week and recording my sections for the new BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week programmes at Broadcasting House in London. I will let you have more details once this is complete and will of course let you know when the programmes are scheduled to go out. This is a very exciting project.


Royal Palace Gardens

Delighted with the new cover design – brilliant work by Ed at Deeper Blue Designs.

Also the marvelous colourisation of a B&W image of the gardens undertaken by Tom Marshall at Fotografix

Tom Marshall (PhotograFix), Bluebell Cottage, 9 Queen Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6BX

A friend of mine, Peter, sent me some brilliant images of the Raikes Hall prior to its transformation into the Royal Palace Gardens in circa. 1860 and also one at a later date along with a very fragile guide from the 1890s. They will be unique additions to the book.


Ken Dodd

Delighted to see Ken Dodd again and still performing to a packed Grand Theatre at 88 years of age! I first saw him in a summer show at Blackpool Opera House when I was about 7 or 8 – that’s nearly 50 years ago. He was one of those artistes who drew me into the theatre and made it a passion for life.  He truly is the last of that great generation of 20th Century comedians who worked through the Music Hall and Variety traditions – we shall not see his like again and I urge you to see him while you still can. Travesty that he has not yet been given a Knighthood. He deserves it in spades for all the laughter and happiness he has given for decades and to millions!