What is your own musical background, and are Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams special passions for you?

I was lucky to have musical parents: my mother Phoebe played the piano and organ and had a lovely voice. My father Jack always regretted he had never learnt an instrument or even to read music, yet in church always picked out the right bass harmony: he never sang the tune. I learnt the piano and violin at school, and many years later...

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