Martin Cooke Posted December 15, 2022 Share Posted December 15, 2022 There's a short piece in the online Daily Mail today recalling the smog in London in December 1952 caused by a combination of what the DM calls a freak anti-cyclone over London and very cold weather that caused people to pile cheap coal on their fires to keep warm. This cheap, post-war coal was called Nutty Slack. I wasn't around in 1952, so what bell did this article start ringing for me? Well, it's to do with a reminiscence of Noel Rawsthorne's, expressed in the volume Fanfare for Francis, compiled by friends, under the auspices of the Percy Whitlock Trust and published by Banks Music Publications, to mark FJ's 90th birthday in 2007, to which Noel contributed the eponymous first item. He wrote thus: Prior to an evening recital it was always a great delight to sit up in the organ loft to listen to Francis accompanying Evensong and to hear an improvised Sortie at the end of the service. 'Fanfare for Francis' is a birthday present inspired by such occasions, with a few of his crunchy progressions and what I used to call "nutty slack" chords, plus a few Tuba tunes thrown in for good luck! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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