Peter Mountain: Scraping a Living: Synopsis Violinist Peter Mountain, born in Yorkshire in 1923 gives an account of a musician's career in Britain during the 20th century, with fascinating insights concerning a wide range of musical personalities encountered, and memories of the spirit of the times. Book 1 covers early life and training, with some family and ancestral background. This leads on to a more detailed look at life as a student at the RAM during the London Blitz, and wartime service in the Royal Marine Band, including the D Day invasion and later tour of the Far East with Lord Mountbatten. It also covers the return to civilian life, with membership of the Boyd Neel Orchestra and the Philharmonia; other freelance activities and work as soloist and chamber-music player; and marriage in 1945 to the pianist Angela (Muriel) Dale, with details of recital work together. Book 2 starts in Liverpool in 1955, with appointment as Leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This is followed by two years' mostly freelance activity in London, beginning in 1966, with the LPO, Glyndebourne and coaching and chamber-music. It concludes with a move to Bristol in 1968 as Concertmaster of the BBC Training Orchestra, later renamed the Academy of the BBC. Book 3 starts in 1975 with appointment as Head of Strings at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and ends in 1990 with retirement. As well as the Academy, this book covers an extensive range of extramural activity, mainly centred on Scottish musical life. Book 4 deals with post-retirement musical activity upon returning to family roots in Yorkshire.
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Published March 27, 2007
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