A short fanfare and a modest pat on the back is called for – for me! Strange how things happen in groups. This week I have confirmation that my Godowsky biography, Godowsky – The Pianists’ Pianist – is to be republished (Travis & Emery are putting it out sometime in January – the German translation appeared, after a 15 year wait, in August published by Staccatao Verlag); my overture for brass band, Lendalfoot, is to be published (by Kirklees Music who specialise in brass band works); the excellent new biography of Jerome K Jerome, to which I contributed the Foreword, is being launched today (Below the Fairy City by Carolyn W de la L Oulton) and BBC Music Magazine has selected my recording of Babar the Elephant as the one to go for in a round up of ‘Music for Children’ by the musicologist and Prokofiev scholar Daniel Jaffé.
And yesterday I hear news of the long-awaited (by me) film about the Joyce Hatto scandal. (If you don’t know about it – and my small role in the fiasco – google her name and there are pages of stuff about her and her fraudster husband.) The film is called Loving Miss Hatto. The script is by Victoria Wood and it’s being shown sometime over Christmas (not sure which BBC channel). I was hauled in early on by the production company to provide background. Victoria tells me that she has based Philip, the music critic in the film, on me. Who is playing me, I wonder? It could have been me!