About The Right Notes

In 2018 I started a U3A (University of the Third Age) classical music appreciation group. Every fortnight, at least until the coronavirus crisis broke, a group of retired people have been meeting in my home in Ceres, Fife, Scotland, to listen to and hear stories about classical music. In this website are some of the programmes I have presented, along with Spotify and YouTube links to the music.

And if you are wondering about the name The Right Notes: Morecambe and Wise with Andre Previn.

Tom Davison.

Alexander Scriabin

This programme looks at the early work of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin - music that was generally much more accessible than his later work.

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Baroque

Here we dip our toes into the big and beautiful world of Baroque music.

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Camille Saint-Saëns

This programme explores the life and work of Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, one of the leading cultural figures in 19th century France.

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Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré has been described as the master par excellence of French music. This programme considers why.

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Maurice Ravel

In this programme I thought I’d give you a taste of the life and works of Joseph Maurice Ravel – without his best-known piece, Bolero.

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Georges Bizet

Think of Georges Bizet and Carmen may immediately come to mind. However, I would like to put the spotlight on some of his other work, including his brilliant Symphony in C Major.

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Australia

Friends were puzzled when I told them I was preparing a classical music programme on Australia. Is that even possible?

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Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet provided the inspiration for a great many musical works, as this programme shows.

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Samuel Barber

We're all familiar with Samuel Barber's glorious Adagio for Strings. But what about his other stuff?

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Weddings and Marriage

It’s amazing how many pieces of classical music are associated with weddings and the business of being married, as this programme shows.

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