John Recalls His Growing Love Of Classical Music
“When I was a teenager my oldest brother used to have musical evenings at which they played 78 rpm records. I remember listening to a recording of the aria Martern aller arten from The abduction from the seraglio by Mozart. I thought it was incredible and I have never forgotten it.
“There was little opportunity to listen to music until I got married. With my first Christmas bonus I bought a radiogram, and the first record I purchased was of Mozart’s Symphonies nos 25 and 28. Mozart remains my favourite today, and to celebrate my 70th birthday I bought the complete recordings of Mozart on 180 CDs. I can’t say that I have listened to every piece of music but I have discovered a number of charming pieces which are almost never played: in particular, a number of beautifully sung Vespers.”
When John was asked how he discovered Fine Music 102.5 he replied: “I discovered Fine Music 102.5 shortly after it was established because I listen to the radio a lot, particularly during long and boring drives in peak hours. I find classical music cheers me up.”
John went on to say: “I support the radio station financially and I think I have donated to every major appeal made by Fine Music because I believe that the station does a great job and deserves encouragement. I realise that many other listeners may not be in a position to give financial support whereas I can afford to do so. Furthermore I hope that my donations help to encourage and thank the work one by so many wonderful volunteers.”