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Hatfield College, Durham.

I used to be a postgraduate researcher in music at Durham University[1], and have been contributing occasionally to Wikipedia since December 2005. My particular interest is in British composer and music articles, and often other pages that I have written have a link to these, although sometimes my other contributions are not connected at all.

On Wikipedia I tend to write pages about British light music, a branch of music that's fairly neglected, so I'm quite pleased to see that the text from some of these articles is being used on the Light Music Society website.[2] I have also added various other music-related articles, and around November every year I seem to end up writing articles about medieval Christmas carols. I have four "Good articles"; Personent Hodie, I syng of a mayden, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, and Wisbech Grammar School which you can probably guess are where I originate from and went to school.

Outside of Wikipedia, I have presented academic papers about the composers Ernest Farrar[3] and Gerald Finzi, so it's a bit shameful I haven't really improved their WP pages - it's mainly because I tend to focus on serious British music of that era as part of my university research and don't want to end up quoting my internet self! I also used to write and present my own student radio programmes called Absolute Classic[4] and A Little Light Music[5] on Purple Radio, the latter of which got through to the final of the 2009 Student Radio Awards.[6] This programme used to feature a slightly silly radio serial called Forsooth!, which is still available on YouTube.[7]

I have occasionally added a few bits and pieces to British radio and television pages here and there as well, although usually by accident, as I write television articles and other articles under another more active alternative account. (My other account is not used as a "sockpuppet", but exists purely because I prefer to keep my music-related articles separate under my actual name.) Also outside of Wikipedia I co-write a website about media-type things called "Image Dissectors"[8] which features a subsite BBC Radio comedy and drama database called Audion Tube.[9] My latest external website, "War Composers" is about composers who fought in World War I.[10] I should state for the record that none of my edits represent the views of my employer.

Main Contributions[edit]

Started: Light music, Gordon Langford, Friday Night is Music Night, Ernest Tomlinson, Arthur Wood, Trevor Duncan, Clifton Parker, Elizabethan Express, Adam lay ybounden, Martin Shaw, Missa Brevis, Neil Richardson, Early One Morning, Songs of Praise (hymnal)‎, Sea Songs, Leighton Lucas‎, Newcastle Cathedral, La Nativité du Seigneur (DYK), Personent hodie (GA, DYK), David Lindup, Sunset, Elizabethan Serenade, W. H. Jude, The Organist Entertains, Phil Kelsall, Alan Langford, Frederic Bayco, Fred Hartley, Harry Dexter, Robert Docker, Ernest Bucalossi, Lullay my liking, Edgar Pettman, Bruce Blunt, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Unto Us is Born a Son (DYK), Processional hymn, Resonet in laudibus, David Gregor Corner (DYK), Henry Ramsden Bramley (DYK), The Herefordshire Carol, The Somerset Carol, Fantasia on Christmas Carols, The Virgin's Cradle Hymn (DYK), Peter Aston, Scottish Redundant Churches Trust, Christian Kramer, Sir William Parsons, Nigel Brooks, Suite from Henry V, The Prince and the Composer, John Bridcut, William Baines, Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, The Holy Boy, The Lord at first did Adam make, Clement Paman, Trinity Carol Roll.

Expanded: Ronald Binge, Ernest Farrar, Radio 4 UK Theme (text borrowed by the BBC article on the theme), Sailing By, Ron Goodwin, Wilfred Josephs, Stanley Black, Peter Warlock, Of the Father's Heart Begotten‎, Chatteris (GA), I syng of a mayden (GA), Black Death in medieval culture, Wisbech Grammar School (GA), By the Sleepy Lagoon, Philip Lane, Philip Green (composer), Ronald Hanmer, Sydney Baynes, Tempus adest floridum, In dulci jubilo, The Sussex Carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "In the Bleak Midwinter", "Winchester Old", "The First Nowell", Cromwell Museum.

Categories, etc I also began, and have started to populate the Category:Light music composers, Category:Light music compositions, Category:Brass band composers and two categories about medieval carols Category:Piae Cantiones and Category:Sloane Manuscript 2593.


Yes, it's a bit pretentious using references on my user page, but I seem to have developed an irrational fear of the "citation needed" template. Plus, linking words to hyperlinks looks a bit untidy in my opinion.