Whoever you vote for, the government gets in

That EMI LP captured the then Conservative prime minister Edward Heath conducting Elgar's Cockaigne Overture at a London Symphony Orchestra concert in November 1971. The Elgar was coupled with studio recordings of André Previn conducting Bernstein, Enescu and Vaughan Williams. Heath was never quite as good a conductor as he imagined himself to be. But, plus ça change, classical music could not resist a celebrity. On another occasion he conducted a concert in Salisbury Cathedral. During rehearsals, the prime minister was growing more and more curt in his comments. The leader of the orchestra became increasingly exasperated, and eventually exclaimed: "If you don't stop being so rude to us, Sir Edward, we may start obeying your instructions." As in music, so in politics - whoever you vote for, the government gets in. Elsewhere there is more on mixing music and politics.

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shallnot said…
One of those lovely co-incidences that make life interesting is that yesterday at my local SPCA Thrift Store (charity shop) I picked up, for amusement's sake, Heath's 1976 book "Music: A Joy for Life".
Pliable said…
Shall, you take us down an interesting path. The quantity of a book to be found in thrift/charity shops is a very accurate measure of the merit - or rather lack thereof - of a book.

For many years Ted Heath's book topped the charity shop chart. But recently it has been overtaken by Dan Brown's output.

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