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.

Africa

What on earth does Africa have to do with classical music? Read on - and listen.

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Jean Sibelius

Say two words — “Finland” and “music” — and one more will surely follow: “Sibelius”. This programme considers his life and features some of his less well—known works.

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Opera composers' non-operatic works

Some composers are known mainly or solely for their operatic output but most of them also wrote non-operatic works, as this programme shows.

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The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons is a Baroque favourite but do you know what the music is actually about?

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Fritz Kreisler

Fritz Kreisler was much more a ground-breaking virtuoso violinist, as I explore in this programme.

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Max Bruch

You know what you are going to get with Max Bruch - luscious melodies that perhaps belonged to an earlier era.

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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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Carl Nielsen

This programme is about the life and music of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

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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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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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