Tenor James Boyle shares music that brings back vivid memories at different stages of his life.
As a boy I sang in the local parish church choir and with a boys group of about 20 called the Elysians. We performed on stage across the county singing. The one I chose is Sisters by the Beverley Sisters which I performed wearing a dress. The audience loved it. I smile thinking about it. My voice broke and I took up chess and rugby instead.
What is your earliest memory of music in your life?
When the water boards were being privatised in the 1980s, I remember Handel’s Water Music being used in their adverts. I liked it so much that it cemented my preference for classical music.
What was your first 'public performance' of music/ drama/ or both?
The song I remember most from my childhood was Benny Hill’s Ernie who of course, 'drove the fastest milk cart in the west'! It’s a shame that silly kids songs don’t seem to have such clever lyrics these days! It was a favourite on the Saturday morning radio show Junior Choice and surely one of the first video songs.
Musical mirth – jokes, quotes and sayings that amuse the choir.
With apologies to all conductors out there.....
From Richard Place, former tenor:
Mozart comes to Heaven. God welcomes him and says: “You are going to be the conductor of my celestial orchestra.”
Mozart says: “Thank you God, that’s a great honour. But what about Bach?
God responds: “I am Bach.”
From Alan Bateman, tenor:
An orchestra was hit by lightning. Only the conductor died.
18th – 22nd May – Ashwell Music Festival
What is the earliest memory of music in your life? It's almost impossible to isolate one memory but here are a few of the first. At my lovely primary school in Harrow we of course sang hymns at our daily assemblies and I only have to hear Hills of the North Rejoice and I'm back on that stage at Roxbourne Primary School. I was also lucky enough to be one of those children taken to the Ernest Read concerts for children at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday mornings - how fabulous was that.
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