Inchcolm

By
Terry Johns
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£ 17.50 

The island of Inchcolm was visited by St Columba in 567 and is mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It lies on the stretch of water beyond my balcony, known locally as “Mortimer’s deep”, and on short winter days, the ruins of Columba’s abbey are shrouded in the mists of the estuary and bring a flavour of mystery and legend to my morning coffee.

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The island of Inchcolm was visited by St Columba in 567 and is mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It lies on the stretch of water beyond my balcony, known locally as “Mortimer’s deep”, and on short winter days, the ruins of Columba’s abbey are shrouded in the mists of the estuary and bring a flavour of mystery and legend to my morning coffee. Music comes easily here amidst the crying of the seabirds, and the horn has given its distinctive voice to history, myth and folklore for centuries. Its sound was born in the wide-open spaces and can paint a broad seascape with ease.

The son of a Welsh miner, Terry Johns is a french horn player with a distinguished career as a member of the Royal Philharmonic and the London Symphony orchestras, the Barry Tuckwell horn quartet, the Alan Civil horn quartet, and the Jack Brymer wind soloists. He played with many jazz greats, including Tubby Hayes, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and John Dankworth. He is also a composer of music for the studio, television. He has written music for the RPO and LSO brass and he composed the theme and incidental music for Harlech TV’s “The Pretenders”. For this he recruited players from the ranks of the RPO, and the LSO, for the studio orchestra led by Sidney Sax, and conducted the sessions himself. In 1984 the actor Robert Hardy while arranging the memorial service for Richard Burton at the church of St Martin in the fields, invited Terry to arrange the final hymn (Battle Hymn of the republic) for the Rhos Cwm Tawe male voice choir and to compose an obbligato solo trumpet part for Maurice Murphy. The music was completed in a sleeper compartment between Edinburgh and London just hours before the service, with the soloist proof-reading from the top bunk! Terry has recently published the first part of his autobiographical “Letters from Lines and Spaces”.  The second part is to be published in 2013.


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