Well remembered Sydney Morning Herald music critic Fred Blanks died last year leaving an enormous cross-reference of musical events in the archives of the national library in Canberra. In 35 years his reviews for the SMH were always entertaining and informative although at times he could be a little cruel to companies such as ourselves.
He once described the tenors in the Sydney Philharmonia as “sounding like bleating sheep” and of a production of the Gipsy Baron where the pig farmer walked on stage with a live pig he wrote, “The pig showed what it thought of the proceedings”. Nevertheless, he was a great advocate for Australian musicians and composers and in 1988 was awarded an AM for services to music. He most certainly would have found our last concert interesting. We hope that the Angelic Choirs are living up to his expectations.
Is it not time we had an outside observer to review our concerts? Having members of our own organisation to do this is not all that satisfactory since obviously we are not going to be unkind to ourselves and as they say criticism is good for the soul.