ORGAN THING: Sad to hear of the passing of Harrison Birtwistle this evening – the classical composer and renowned modernist who helped drag his world into ours and ours into his…

Sad to hear of the passing of Harrison Birtwistle this evening, the composer has died, aged 87. He was, as someone else said, “that surprising thing, a deeply English composer who was also internationally renowned as a great modernist”. Whenever you accidntally heard something of his, it immediately stopped you, what’s this? Who’s this? I…