WATKINS and LAPHAM of Monmouthshire and Bristol UK:Information about Dorothy Hare
: "Dorothy Hare was born June 28
- data from AMW Birthday Book -
and died September 16, 1976 in Cornwall.
She was a life long friend of my mother Alison Mary Lapham from their days together at Brighton College of Education, (daughter of Alfred Thomas Lapham and Florence Caroline Evans.)
Dorothy married Frank Butler on October 29, 1927."
the auto generated FTM 10 web site mangles that data friends became "married"
I have a post card from her post marked Mosely D O Birmingham
8 Sept 1957
LOCH KATRINE,THE TROSSACHS, PERTHSHIRE
complete with "loch steamer" Loch Katrine Steamship Sir Walter Scott - Steamer on Loch Katrine
Google Search: "LOCH KATRINE"
"32 Resevoir Road
Many Thanks indeed for the delightful treat which we all enjoyed very much.
Hope you met the sun. We loved Scotland but not the weather.
The sun always departed if we visited a loch.
Best wishes from all D."
it is addressd to
Mr J. Foreman
14, George Road,
Joseph who, from 1945 until he died, was a long term friend of my mother and a father figure to me.
The house in Reservoir Road by the Bakers (Ruth Gipps
) backed on to an open space by the canal feeder reservoir.
From there it was possible to walk along tow paths and the rail bed of the closed Harbourne branch railway.
I remember one day visiting the Baker lounge
and being allowed to take down a post horn from the wall and blowing it, I was aboput 14 and learning the euphonium at Clifton College, and showing Lance Baker how to make a sound.
Google Search: "Lance Baker" "french horn"
the same little boy ?
GEORGE WELDON The Myths about Conductors: Personal Thoughts by Dr. David C F. Wright
: "This article is written to fulfil a promise to the late Ruth Gipps and to set the record straight. I realise that I have written some things which may upset some people but it is not my intention to do so. What I have written is the truth which other people should have made known long ago. I have no desire to be troublesome or offensive to anyone whether living or dead, or to any family or relatives of those who have died, and I am not making any accusations against anyone in particular so as to avoid any suggestion of libel. What I have written is also true to life particularly the sexist attitude towards women after the Second World War in which many served courageously. "
an old scandal
Ruth Gipps (British Composer 1921 - 1999) by David C. F. Wright:
: "Securing the position of second oboe and cor anglais with the CBO, Mrs Baker moved to that city in 1944. When Kendall Taylor was delayed in traffic Ruth Gipps deputised at very short notice in Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. On other occasions she deputised for, among others, Samson François, Nina Milkina and Shulamith Shafir. Consequently Weldon was accused of favouritism and ugly rumours were circulated that while Mr Baker was serving his country his wife and Weldon 'could not have been having a closer association'. When in March 1945 Ruth Gipps was soloist in Glazunov's Piano Concerto No 1 and then played the cor anglais part in the first performance of her own Symphony No 1 in F minor Op 22 in a concert conducted by Weldon, Ruth Baker was said by some to be Weldon's mistress and that there was 'an impending divorce'. The facts of the matter are that Weldon was inadequate domestically and a bachelor and Mrs Baker came to his aid; musically she was a versatile and accomplished all-rounder. The only impropriety was the jealousy directed at her. "
the point being that the male players were away at war, and like in the factories, the women musicians had far more possibilities of employment.
Google Search: "joy boughton"
My mother told me that Joy could not sleep because of the air raids in WWII and took up the oboe
Sleeve Notes - Boughton: Aylesbury Games & Concertos
: "If Boughton had a particular soloist in mind (the Oboe Concerto had been written for his daughter Joy Boughton) it was probably John Francis, who had been part of the orchestra at the Bath Festival in 1935. (John Francis married the harpsichordist Millicent Silver and their daughter is Sarah Francis who has recorded the Boughton Oboe Concerto on Hyperion CDH55019.) "
Sarah was my late wife Judith Thomas's big rival in our generation of London musicians.
I last heard her on Swedish Radio one night in Copenhagen
Musicians were riddled with rivalry and jealousy.
Well enough memories for now
this BLOG is still experimental, I call it a public first draft and
I know that I am not yet achieving a Proustian intensity of emotional recall,
basically those were happy days for me, but I will improve my writing skills by working on them.
I am going to browse my way through that box of letters, ephemera and school reports and when that is done there are thousands more yet unsorted.