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PostMagdalen Ciollege and Sir Paul McCartney (Ronald Hilton, US) (John Eipper, USA, 10/02/06 4:01 pm)
I was pleased and surprised to see the name of WAISer Anthony Smith in an AP dispatch published in the San Francisco Chronicle. He was president of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1998 to 2005. He commissioned Sir Paul McCartney to write "Ecce Cor Meum" (Behold my heart) to celebrate the opening of the College's new concert hall. It was performed at the Royal Albert Hall, with the participation of the choirs of Magdalen College and King's College, Cambridge. It is Sir Paul's fourth classical album.The good news surprised me because Sir Paul is none other than the former Beatle. I regarded the Beatles as nice pop singers, but I have no appreciation of pop music, which seems silly in comparison with the folk music of earlier periods. I understood that the Beatles had no formal music training. Can Anthony Smith or someone explain how the Beatle was transformed into a classical composer?