The singing of John Nettleship:
award-winning folk singer; musician; teacher; research scientist; historian; local politician and primary model for the character of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter books
Play .mp3 file (1.65Mb): Passing By
This track records John singing unaccompanied at a friend's wedding in 2006. He in fact announced the song as being "on behalf of the bridegroom", but an error in editing has made it sound as if he said "on behalf of the bride".
Play .VOB file (190Mb): Five Songs
This short film shows John singing five pieces - Memory, Hither Come; Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal; Going Home; Sweet-and-Twenty and Passing By - with piano accompaniment.
This recording has a slight problem in that the microphone was placed too close to the piano in the later tracks, causing it to tend to drown John out. If anybody reading this has one of those gee-whizz souped-up audio editing packages which can separate a single track into vocal and instrumental sections I'd appreciate your help in turning the piano down a bit.
Play .mp3 file (0.7 Mb): I Remember, I Remember
This track is not John but his friend and colleague the late Phyllis Lewis - sculptor; expert on the folk traditions of the Forest of Dean; pottery teacher at Wyedean School and visual model for Pomona
Sprout in the Harry Potter books - singing an unaccompanied setting of a poem by Thomas Hood. She had a very sweet voice, a little roughened by smoking. This piece is from John's recording of a radio interview with Phyllis broadcast a year or two before her death: I cleaned it up for him so it could be played at her funeral, eight months before his own death.
Go to The Wizard by Peter Jenkyns: lyrics and music for one of John's favourite performance-pieces.
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