After last month's wonderful sojourn in Unst, Shetland and then Edinburgh I find my mind and aesthetic mood still orientated to the far north of the British Isles. Because of this I'd been following up on a few Scottish composers whose work I had never heard. The stand-out one for me so far has been Robin Orr (1909-2006). His name came up whilst I was in Shetland because one evening I spent some time in conversation with one of his former students. He'd studied with him whilst attending Glasgow University where Orr taught between 1956 and 1965. There's a Cambridge connection, too, because Orr was an organist and lecturer here immediately before and after the Second World War and then, after leaving his post Glasgow, he returned to Cambridge as professor of music (1965-1976). This circle of accidental connections I find very pleasing.
My name is Andrew James Brown. I’m a philosophically/theologically inclined writer with sympathies towards Shin’ichirō Imaoka’s understanding of free religion (自由宗教), Christian atheism, D. G. Leahy’s “thinking now occurring for the first time”, a Lucretian inspired religious naturalism, new materialism and Kyoto School philosophy; also a photographer, cyclist, walker and jazz bass player. In addition to this, I’m the minister of a small, liberal, free religious community in Cambridge (UK)