TO IVOR'S MUSIC
Our collection features Ivor's
popular songs and some lessor known one's as well.
These have been sequenced to midi files for your
Internet entertainment by Dr. James Pitt-Payne.
James born in.1947, always hankered after
music and played Principal Trumpet in his College
orchestra under Paul Beard FRAM, bugled more last
posts on sundry occasions than he cares to remember
and played a 120 bass Hohner Mk3 Piano Accordion.
He trained for some years with his voice and sang
in a competition which was judged by Olive Gilbert
in 1969. However, his musical bent was thwarted
by his father who rather insisted that he trained
as a doctor. Pianos were hard to find but there
was quite a good one at Guy's Hospital and there
was a Bechstein upright on loan at home. He had
a brief Indian Summer of public performing on
four occasions in the U.S. in the nineties - nothing
special but something to look back on, and then
a mild stroke stopped the right hand and he took
to midi sequencing as the next best thing.
He very much hopes to leave medicine behind him
soon and settle to more music production with
just a touch of psycho-analysis, in which he trained,
to keep the wolf from the door.
He married Jacqui in 1972 and there are two sons,
Charles and William. His late parents saw one
of Ivor Novello's shows in 1945 and there were
78's to play on the wind-up gramophone in childhood.
His mother could never hear Novello's music without
becoming somewhat lachrymose as it reminded her
of the wartime separation. "We'll Gather
Lilacs" usually being the cause!
The reason he always credits Doug Grierson, long
time friend and funeral director, in his sequences
is because it was Grierson who did so much to
help him on the road with his midi sequencing,
computer assistance, and the gathering of old
music from boot fairs and the like at a time when
ill-health was making life difficult.
He would also like to make it clear, copyright
permitting, that his sequences may be freely distributed,
and altered, by anyone who wishes to use them.