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Britain’s best composer is running the London Marathon

April 20, 2017 by norman lebrecht

10 comments.


Well-known composers are, as a rule, either old or unfit.

So it’s a thrill to report that Mark Anthony Turnage will be running the London Marathon next Sunday in support of the Brain and Spine Foundation.

Mark, who is 56, is renowned for the operas Greek and Anna Nicole. Help his cause if you can.

Turnage by Betty Freeman/LebrechtMusic&Arts


Comments (10)

  1. Ann Nomynous says:

    It would be interesting to know how it was decided that MAT is Britain’s best composer… By running, jumping, throwing…?

    1. John Borstlap says:

      Don’t forget the initiative is to support the spine- and brain-challenged.

  2. Graeme Hall says:

    Best composer? Is there a league table somewhere? When are the play-offs?

    1. John Borstlap says:

      In a side wing of Buckingham Palace there is a small cabinet, where the tables of ‘best composers’, ‘best playwrights’, ‘best painters’, ‘best female fake bed creators’ and ‘best destroyers of Britain’s city scapes’ are kept and updated every morning at 06.00 AM by the Royal Chancellor of Secret Reputations. It’s a hard job since the list changes all the time. I know this because my PA has a friend who keeps the garden of the neighbour of this Chancellor, and occasionally they chat over the fence.

  3. Patrick John Gordon Shaw says:

    I would have thought Dame Judith Weir is the U.K.’s greatest contemporary composer!!

    1. John Borstlap says:

      Definitely not, it is David Matthews.

  4. David Griffin says:

    I’m giving a gold medal to anyone who can run a marathon and not tell the whole world about it.

    1. John Borstlap says:

      I always run marathons incognito, and have as yet not been found-out because my trick is to run another route from the official one.

  5. Neil Thompson Shade says:

    Definitely will be Blood on the Floor for some.

    1. Alexander says:

      +10 🙂


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