John France

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Industry Arts
Location United Kingdom
Introduction I am well over fifty years old: the end of the run of baby boomers! I was born in Glasgow, moving south to York in the late ‘seventies. I now work in London. My main interest is British Music from the nineteenth century onwards. I love the ‘arch-typical’ English countryside – and have always wanted to ‘Go West, Boy’. A. E. Housman and the ‘Georgian’ poets are a huge influence on my aesthetic. I have spent much of my life looking for the ‘Land of Lost Content’ and only occasionally glimpsed it…somewhere in…??? My recently published work includes essays on Ivor Gurney’s song ‘On Wenlock Edge’ for the Gurney Society Journal, The Music of Marion Scott and a study of Janet Hamilton’s songs for the British Music Society Journal, and the composer Muriel Herbert for the Housman Society. I have contributed to the journals of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, the Finzi Society, and the Bliss Society, the Berkeley Society, the BMS Newsletter and regular CD reviews for MusicWeb International.
Interests British Music from about 1860 to 1960. Especially the so-called 'pastoral school.'
Favorite Music Arnold Bax, Kenneth Leighton, Herbert Howells, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Elizabeth Maconchy, Frank Bridge, Edward Elgar, Charles Villiers Stanford, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Arthur Sullivan, Humphrey Searle