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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: David Gedge (12 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955859603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955859601
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Humming-bird on 1 Jun. 2012
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David Gedge has led an interesting, if charmed life as organist and choir master at Brecon Cathedral and Head of music at Builth Wells High School. A pied piper of a man, gathering children and young people with an ear for music to follow him.
However, the style of his writing I found tedious in the extreme, because there is so little light and shade. These are the disjointed ramblings of a man who does not take criticism and therefore self publishes to avoid the editing process. A pity, because an editor might have explained that he comes over as petty and small minded in recounting quite so many quibbles with this person or that. Or that describing the times and places he or his choir boys had stopped for a pee en route to wherever, might be considered a little dull to the average reader.
But persevere with the two books and you discover that David Gedge actually lacks any real emotion. How anyone could, in the same paragraph where they describe their only daughter as having been newly diagnosed with breast cancer, finish that same paragraph with the phrase "It was indeed a golden age" just beggars belief.
Gedge is fond of quoting any letters praising him, relentlessly so. He proudly quotes the blog of Kenneth Woods, who wrote of him in 2006, "He has built his choir not from the children of the great and the good, but with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, broken homes and profoundly challenging circumstances." In some cases that may indeed have been true; some could have been quite vulnerable, and if so, a place of safety would have been paramount. Yet from this memoir, it is clear that Gedge doesn't appear to understand his obligations to them or see any virtue in the protection of children generally. In fact he seems to resent it.
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