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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.

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Craig Miller October 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm

During the interview at Intermission by Joyce DiDonato with Simon Keenlyside (Don Giovanni), Keenlyside talked about the importance of the “la Liberta” scene in relation to the spirit of the age; Don Giovanni premiered in 1787, not long after America had won independence, and just before the French revolution; His passionate speech (which included a shout-out to the Zoology Department at Cambridge on their 150th anniversary) was different from the usual banter with the stars between acts, and some members of the movie theater audience in Huntington Beach, California were chuckling about “the lecture,” but I thought it was fascinating. He worked in both political and Darwinian revolutions in his very short talk! His comments drove me back to my old school books to read about the intellectual climate of the time as well as the huge impact Mozart’s version of the old legend has had–and continues to have–in music, literature and philosophy.

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