Who knows that Joaquín Rodrigo, creator of the world-famous Concierto de Aranjuez, was also a writer of distinction?
The blind Spanish composer wrote articles and music criticism throughout his life, and these essays reveal Rodrigo’s insights, humour and eloquence in subjects ranging from Bach to Stravinsky, and from Sephardic songs to the history of Spanish guitar. There are also illuminating commentaries by Rodrigo on many of his own works.
A chance finding of a watercolour painting in a charity shop in Bexhill On Sea began a journey of discovery for former Head Teach Pat Strickson, leading to the remarkable and heroic acts by the artist AFJ Hannaford and his colleagues.
The four decades from early 1910 to the 1950s were arguably the most turbulent times in modern history, as they included two world wars, the Partition of India (in 1947) plus pandemic outbreaks of deadly diseases like influenza, which killed millions and disrupted the lives of many more.