Arthur Somervell. The Passion Of Christ. 4. Bread Of Heaven.

Arthur Somervell. The Passion of Christ. 3. Greater Love Hath No Man

Hands up - who has even HEARD of Arthur Somervell? Go on, be honest... Anyway, among the many scores that I have inherited from my father is The Passion Of Christ, composed by Arthur Somervell, and published in 1914 - yes, this score is over 100 years young!
I had a look, and found one recording by a Cambridge church choir, so, yes - I bought it! And I was delighted with it - a really good-quality recording.
It's a lovely piece, well performed by this choir. (
I did wonder if any small choir might be interested in performing even one part of it, but it's all midi files, so I made this, as a starter.
I don't have all the piano done, as I wanted to hear the vocals.

Glad That I Live Am I, by Geoffrey Shaw. A very short piece - I inherited the score from my father. This is dated 1925.

An extract from Focus, Moving Waves, Eruption. For all you musical nerds, who think that Queen were the first with 'heavy stuff' (news flash - no, they were NOT!!!), this is a short extract from an album issued 4 years before Queen stamped their mark on the world. Focus, Moving Waves (last track, if you are really lost!)
This in no way is to suggest that what Queen did was anything but magic, and awesome, and stunning (it was!) - it's just that they were not the first.
Live forever, Freddie, and I'm sure you will.
Also, hello to Jan Akkerman (, one of the genius people behind Focus...
You have to try to understand that the music that I grew up with was not the music of my parents - so too, the music of my children is not necessarily the music of me (in fact, most of it is crap, from around 1985 onwards...)

Gethsemane to Golgotha, by Edmund Turner. The score is dated 1912 and I cannot find a recording, so I started to put this into Finale. Little did I realise how long it was going to take, but I am now there. This is the final part, and I will be putting all the 'bits' together as a playlist. This update corrects a couple of small errors.

Guardian Crossword helper.
I was at a local hospital recently, and got bored, waiting... I got a copy of the Guardian (they didn't have the Telegraph...) and I looked at the Crossword. It's an odd one where they supply numbers for the letters, and give you a couple of letters and their numbers to start off.
It's a tricky one. How do you generate a grid? Nobody in their right mind would (or should...) ever consider Xword01, Xword02, etc, when you consider that this particular Crossword has a grid 13 columns across and 15 rows down. That's 195 boxes! That would be Xword001 to Xword195!!! The code would be a nightmare!
So you design it with loops - that's the simplest way to do it.
Once you have the grid, it's blank, so you need a mechanism to allow you to specify the black squares.
I have also added some buttons, to Save what you have to a file, and one to Load an existing file.
I coded the grid to be textboxes, as you will be putting a value into the grid, a square at a time.
So you have defined the grid, and you then have to put all the numbers in, and also add the examples that are given to you.
What you then have is your starting point.
If you press Match Numbers, the system will then go through the grid, finding all numbers that match the starting examples, and update them.
This is where you come in. At this point I would advise you to save, as you might need to go back (Clear and Load the last saved file)
If you look at the grid and think that a 3 might be a T, then you put that in the lower box, and press Match Numbers again, and it will update all number 3 in the main grid to show a T.

Using Finale, I have transcribed And So It Goes, and ...odd piece, but quite delightful. Note the short Sop solo! 3 bars of it!

Well, arcade games come and go, but Space Invaders is one of those 'classics'

I saw a really good vb code for a bouncing ball - just the one - so I thought I'd expand it, using arrays. Here we are...

The inner and outer planets, and their orbits

A Periodic Table in Excel, with hyperlinks to Wiki entries. That's it!

I have a tiny application (that could grow...) and I have recently added a dynamic reporting function - no matter how many columns you return, the screen will handle it,

Bob Chilcott - the Lily and the Rose, SATB+Piano

I have written a VB.Net desktop application that shows a months calendar, and allows you to allocate some form of resource to an event. The resource, the event are all configurable, and it shows in a visual way what days are mapped out to who...

World Countries and Counties - how to select USA and get USA States, then select UK and get UK VB.Net

VB.Net and a screen used to display a bouncing ball. Go on - you know you always wanted one...

I recently attended an interview, and got an answer to a short test that they ran; it was not the answer that the other party wanted, but they didn't actually tell me what they DID want...

As the video tries to explain, I am currently unemployed - laid off. The code in this application is meant to show off a few features (treeview, drag and drop, DB updates, new entries, etc...) so take the actual screen contents with a pinch of salt. The treeview took me a while to get my head around (not used it before) but within its limits it works. The D&D code is just to show that one central list can be then used by more than one field on the screen.

Hey, I have over 40 years 'expertise' in IT (yes I do...) but that means I am a generalist - I am very good in maybe a dozen different things (do you want a DBA? A VB6 coder? a VB.Net coder? Do you want a project lead, a Senior Project Manager...? - wth do you want?) I can cover most bases. My C# is, but given my background then I can pick up new things pretty quickly. :)

This is trivial ditty - not at all VB.Net but a fun thing, anyway. When are the two major temperature scales the same? It's easier to present this in Excel and a graph...:)

Using VB.Net I create a Treeview display of the planets and their moons...

I have Finale Songwriter and imported a MIDI file of this. I played with the channels to make the tenor stand out, and I then used a video capture package for the animation.

I have modified the clock - only slightly. The irrelevant part is now switch on/off.


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I am now actively looking for alternative employment. Still a frustrated VB coder - frustrated because I have been 'doing' this since VB3 days and now find myself in a job that has zero VB exposure for me. I would ideally like to work from home (wouldn't we all!) but that is not likely.
Hertfordshire based and keen to learn new things all the time. If anyone wants to crowd fund me around 50,000 GBP then I can take this CRM a lot further; until then it's something I work at in my (all too little of) spare time.
By night I masquerade as a member of a couple of local choirs (strictly amateur, folks...) :)