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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000474.txt from 2002/02

From: "Michael Bryant" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Elderly Begiinner?
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 09:15:43 -0500

Forgive my suggesting something slightly different.
I need some local help in Sheffield to recover
lost and buried information about John Parr.
Please ask if that would be agreeable?
This is local history. Parr worked as a clerk in the
goods sidings at Sheffield railway station for 40 yrs,
but had a parallel career as a singer and bassoonist.
After his retirement in 1930 he played is several leading
professional orchestras and organised a series
of concerts (1930-57) of chamber music
at the Methodist Hall, Sheffield, for wind instruments mostly,
including some works that have never been published.
I have an incomplete set of concert programmes
and copy of his will. An article about him
appeared in Musical Times in 1945. He died in 1962.
I can supply many other details, which must wait.

Rupert Kahn wrote on Friday, February 22, 2002 9:46 PM
Subject: [kl] Elderly Begiinner?

> As a returner to the clarinet I have really appreciated some of the
> about how approach this. But I have a question on someone elses behalf.
> I know an old gentleman who recently lost his wife after about fifty years
> of marriage. He is well into his 70s and has a deep love of music. He is,
> understandably devastated, and struggling to find something to fill his
> life. He has expressed an interest in learning a musical instrument and
> clarinet in particular.
> I'm sure he's not alone in wanting to begin a musical instrument at this
> stage in his life and I wonder are there organizations or individuals
> (especially in the UK) with experience in meeting such needs.
> Rupert Kahn
> Sheffield
> UK
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------


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