History of the Website
History of the SimonKeenlyside.info website
The original SKinfo website sprang from conversations between Janet Woodall and Jane Garratt in 2005, both of whom found it frustrating that there wasn’t a truly comprehensive and up-to-date source of information about Simon Keenlyside’s schedule, his recordings and his performances. We were quickly joined in this venture by people who we now count among our closest friends – Petra, Gwyn, Alison and Uschi.
In 2007, elated by the huge popularity of this site, Janet and the team launched the sister site, www.geraldfinley.info, and went on in 2009 to create www.juliusdrake.info.
In the last few years Petra has taken over most of the updating for Simon’s site. In 2014 Janet decided that personal circumstances now prevent her from playing a role in the day to day running of the sites. We are very sorry that this is the case.
We are extremely grateful to Janet for all the time and effort that she put into creating this website. It reflects her vision, determination for excellence and her desire to produce a comprehensive archive for the professional work of Simon Keenlyside. The site is in its present form because of her work.
We are, now, having to rethink what we can do with these sites because a website is only useful if it is current. We have decided to concentrate on Simon’s website and, with great regret, to archive the sites for Gerry and Julius. The work continues…
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many people who have contributed to the site by sending us information and photographs, translating articles and writing reviews. We are also greatly indebted to Justin Nye for all of the help and advice he has given in setting up the websites.