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Planting the seeds of song

There is an ethnic group of tribes who live on the Hunan-Guizhou-Guangxi region borders in China called the Dong. They are many fascinating aspects of their culture, like the fact that their indigenous language was only written down for the first time in 1949 after the Maoist Revolution, or that they have constructed huge ‘drum

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'Sweet dreams are made of this'

Sunday Times Culture: Comment, 12 November 2006 The weight of history hangs heavily upon classical music’s shoulders. In the carefree, people-friendly world of popular music, Sandi Thom can sing ‘Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker (with flowers in my hair)’, not batting en eyelid at the absurdity or the historical inaccuracy of the

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Howard as a chorister aged 12

The Chorister Thing

Forty years ago I became a chorister at New College, Oxford, not really knowing what to expect or what I could contribute, other than I knew I could hold a tune, I could learn the ropes from my older brother who was already there and I knew too that I loved Christmas Carols (which seemed

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Music isn't 'dying' in our schools, it is changing!

Howard’s Times article responding to Richard Morrison’s ‘All Washed up: Down the Tubas’ piece on the state of music education in Britain. [February 2005] I spent eight months of last year researching the current state of music education in the UK for a South Bank Show shown just before Christmas. I visited schools all over

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Laid Back in Marciac

Article for the Mail on Sunday Travel Pages about Howard’s visit to the Marciac Jazz Festival 2001 Everybody knows that for a holiday steeped in world-class jazz you get on a jumbo jet and head forNew Orleans. Well that’s what I always thought, anyway, but it turns out that there is a wonderful alternative much

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Howard Goodall, Alan Johnson and some primary pupils at State of Play 2007

National Singing Ambassador Update February 2007

Since the Secretary of State’s announcement of my appointment as ‘Singing Ambassador’ I have been inundated with messages of support, offers of help, examples of best practice and general enthusiasm for our campaign, which has been incredibly gratifying. To all of you who have written to me – thank you! Not surprisingly, many have asked

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Olympic Chorus

Editorial essay in the Music Manifesto Report no.2 Singing is as natural and enjoyable to human beings as laughing. It is easy and universal, bonding us first to our mothers and then to each other. It complements our grasp of language and communication and accelerates our learning processes. It does not belong exclusively to one

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Bibliophilia: an article by Howard Goodall for Portrait of the House, a compilation of reminiscences and ruminations on the subject of Christ, Church, Oxford:

I didn’t use Christ Church’s magnificent high Baroque library much in my first or second years as an undergraduate. In those days (the late 70s), Peckwater Quad had the unmistakeable ambience of an expensive boys’ public school and since I had escaped from just such a place to attend my excellent local comprehensive earlier in

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HOWARD's article about his series 20th Century Greats for The Daily Telegraph

End of a Tribal Conflict, by Howard Goodall (c) for The Daily Telegraph In the 1960s EMI’s famous Abbey Road Studios housed two distinct tribes of musicians – classical and pop. They wouldn’t even share the canteen at the same time. On one occasion Andr– Previn (then a considerable figure in jazz as well as classical

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Further editorial comments by HG on the experience of making BIG BANGS

Most educated adults will expect to know who Einstein, Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci or Galileo are and roughly what they were responsible for in our culture. When it comes to music though, the same educated adults draw huge blanks. the recent BBC series called ‘Renaissance’ carried with it the clear implication that the Renaissance art

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