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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Carthusian Music in the Eighties

Carthusian Music in the Eighties

(p.95) Chapter 21 Carthusian Music in the Eighties
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

By the eighties, at all events at Charterhouse, the arts, even the art of music, were mildly encouraged. There were in my time two presiding authorities over Carthusian music: Mr G. H. Robinson, the organist; and Mr Becker, who taught the pianoforte and also played the horn. Robinson was a sensitive musician and a kind-hearted man, and gave leave to practise on the chapel organ. There was one competent organist among the boys: H. C. Erskine, who was able to give a very good performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's “St Anne's” Fugue. This chapter ought to mention a boy whose name later became vicariously famous: Gordon Woodhouse. One cannot write of Carthusian music without mentioning “Duck” Girdlestone, he was a keen amateur musician and conducted the weekly practices of the school orchestra.

Keywords:   Charterhouse, arts, music, Carthusian music, G. H. Robinson, H. C. Erskine, Johann Sebastian Bach, St Anne's Fugue, Duck Girdlestone, school orchestra

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