Saturday, 31 December 2011

Tomorrow 2012 arrives. Here are the major anniversaries for composers:

Classical Composer Anniversaries

Gabrieli 400th anniversary of his death on 12 August
Delius 150th birthday on 29 January
Debussy 150th anniversary of his birth on 22 Auguust 1812
John Cage centenary of birth on 5 September
Massenet centenary of his death on 13 August
John Ireland 50th anniversary of his death on 12 June

You can find a far more comprehensive list of anniversaries at

Friday, 30 December 2011

St Hildegard of Bingen

Here is my portrait of the first female classical composer - Blessed Hildegard von Bingen. One of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages.
The central image is a photoetching and the border is a collagraph. 
I have just uploaded a profile of her on my website at
There is an increasing interest in her music and there is plenty to see on YouTube. There is an interesting BBC documentary available on DVD at Amazon and a full length German biopic 'Vision'.