October Meeting: Blighty Island Discs by Alan Rhodes

A virtuoso performance on virtuoso performances. Alan Rhodes took time off from his hosting duties to deliver a selection of Blighty Island Discs, essentially an audio-visual tour of music from the years around the time of the First World War. It was an age before broadcast  TV or Radio, so home music meant playing 75 rpm shellac records on steam driven gramophones. In keeping with this, Alan even sourced a vintage gramophone from his remarkable collection of artifacts and replicated the authentic sounds of the times. The experiences kept coming. We had YouTube clips and extracts of films from the 50s, all interspersed with Alan’s expert presentations on the life and times of their artists. In truth this was a presentation which had been probably six years in the making but like all good things it seems to have matured with age and certainly worth the wait.