, that leading not only to the very name for which I was searching but also to your fascinating web site and then on to your excellent 'Discovering Music' article in which your refer, of course, to Anthony Hopkins. Although I had not forgotten him, how on earth could it be that I had forgotten his name?
Discovering Music - MusicWeb
Back in the '50's and as a mere teenage engineering apprentice, I was gradually discovering the delights of not just listening to music, mostly on radio and with the Hallé at the Manchester Free Trade Hall, but also beginning to learn more about it too. Not that I am a performer at any level, nor an 'expert', even after some 60 years of listening, but I can clearly recall that, as well as being informative and entertaining, those talks by Anthony Hopkins were indeed valuable as they provided a layman with some insight to the many mysteries apparently buried deep inside the music I was growing to love. My appreciation of 'my' music was therefore greatly enhanced.
Although I cannot now recall the precise date, or even the year, it must have been around the late '50's when I attended a talk given by Anthony Hopkins in Stockport and I can vividly remember the easy manner in which he was able to instil into his audience his enthusiasm as well as his subject material. Amongst the plethora of anecdotes and revelations imparted by Mr Hopkins in his many talks, one particularly remained with me ever since that talk in Stockport. My recollection cannot by now be word perfect of course, but in essence his guiding light was as follows. Listening to a piece of music is similar to lying in a hotel bed and when the occupant on the floor above drops a shoe on his floor and then one cannot settle until the second shoe is heard to fall! Perhaps that succinctly sums up Anthony Hopkins and his approach to talking about music.
We have now lived in SW France for almost seven years and although we have endeavoured to assimilate with Radio France Musique, in desperation we have had to return more or less totally to BBC R3 for our music listening because the presentations on Radio France Musique are almost incessant discussions about music and interviews with performers, etc. Those can be interesting and even fascinating, of course, but not incessantly. I seem to recall it was Gustav Holst (?) who remarked that talking about music can be rather like taking a child to a sweetshop window and explaining to the child how the sweets are made. I think it fair to say that Anthony Hopkins's talks avoided falling into that sort of quagmire of technicality.
Thank you for refreshing an old codger's memory.
Thank you for taking part in the MusicWeb International Forum.
Len Mullenger - Founder of MusicWeb