CLAUS MOSER, 1922-2015. A REFUGEE, PUBLIC SERVANT. AND PIANIST

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 12 SEPTEMBER 2015

My friend Claus Moser died on September 4. Many obituaries and tributes have tried to do justice to a remarkable life. He arrived as a refugee - fleeing persecution - in this country in 1936. He rewarded this givingof sanctuary wth a career of extraordinary public service to the UK. What irony in the timing of his death, with the current British Government so stubbornly mean-minded in giving refuge to the Claus Mosers of today.

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SUMMER COURSES IN FRANCE

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 01 MARCH 2015

This year, for the first time in several years, I'm not going to be migrating south in June to attend the annual Lot piano camp. At the time the redoubtable Anne Brain was taking her bookings last winter there was too much uncertainty about the future shape of my working life (much clearer now: I step down as editor of the Guardian after 20 years and became both Princple of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, in October as well as the chair of the Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian. 

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BACK TO PIANO CAMP

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 22 AUGUST 2014

Was back for this year's piano camp in the Lot Valley - with a new tutor, the chamber musician, Susan Tomes.  A few changes this year: instead of the course taking place at Anne Brain's house, we moved into a local hotel, Le Vert - a really sweet hotel surrounded by its own orchards and run by Eva and Bernard Philippe. 

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