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Friday 10 December 2004 9.52am
A while ago, the oafish Dr. Tharg , enquired about Gavin Bryars' Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet.
I went to the RFH last night, along with the estimable Mr & Mrs Bridger, to hear a performance by The London Sinfonietta, which was conducted by the composer. It was absolutely superb, and vastly superior to the recorded version I have. Mr Bryars explained how the piece came into being, and touched upon the origins of the song that underpins this work. He explained that he was never able to establish the provenance of the “hymn” that the tramp sings, and he believes that it was an improvisation.
There was also a very moving recital of The Sinking of The Titanic.
Friday 10 December 2004 11.49am
Darn, drat, @!*%$ - I would have liked to have gone but had to be at a committee meeting.

Any indication whether it was being recorded for Radio 3 (or some obscure digital channel)?
Friday 10 December 2004 1.10pm
I didn't notice any, but I'd keep an eye on the listings anyway. I certainly gained by having Gavin Bryars explain the thinking behind his work, it enhanced a wonderful experience - he is also a very funny man.
Friday 10 December 2004 2.35pm
The last piece (the one about Odin, blood and herring) was comissioned by Radio 3 so you'd think they would have recorded it. maybe an enquiry at the BBC might help. Bloody good wasn't it?
Friday 10 December 2004 3.01pm
It certainly was. Sadly Radio 3 broadcast the premier back in November:

Edited 1 times. Last edit at 10 December 2004 3.07pm by barkyhead.
Friday 10 December 2004 3.17pm
@*&%! Missed it when they broadcast an earlier concert in the tour from Cambridge

And I can't even to drop hints for Santa about his new disc, which doesn't seem to have been issued yet . :(

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