Reporter 464, 26 March 2001

In the news

Dr Rachel Cowgill has been inundated with calls from the media following her discovery of a rare ‘Mozart’ manuscript in Halifax, which featured in Reporter 463. News of her find appeared in the majority of the national press including the Independent, Telegraph, Times and Guardian. Dr Cowgill also spoke to Radio Leeds and Classic FM.
She said: "It’s a very exciting find. The evidence that this is indeed an unknown arrangement of Judas Maccabaeus by Mozart is very persuasive; clearly there is more work to be done though – I’m going to be very busy!" So intrigued were the Guardian that they asked Dr Cowgill to write an article describing how she ‘found Mozart in Halifax’. Detailing events she wrote, "Among the musical scores kept at the record office was a manuscript full score of Handel’s oratorio, but on opening the first volume, and seeing the phrase ‘with additional wind and brass parts by W A Mozart’ on the title page, I realised this was a very unusual score indeed".

The Yorkshire Evening Post profiled the work of the ‘Gene Doctor’ Professor Alan Handyside, who is currently setting up a research programme which could help scores of parents who are carriers of genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis treatment enables three-day-old embryos conceived as a result of IVF to be screened for genetic abnormality. Professor Handyside said: "The challenge is to pick up the defect in a single cell but also the clock is ticking because the embryo is waiting in culture for transplantation."

Dr Lorraine Harding of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy kicked off a deluge of correspondence to the Independent following the exhibition of Tierney Gearon’s photographs featuring her naked children. According to the Independent Dr Harding, "put the case for the prosecution far better than the News of the World." In her letter Dr Harding noted that: "The arguments put forward to defend the display of photographs of nude young children in an art gallery are naïve and simply miss the point...people exist in our society known as paedophiles. Such people will find the pictures arousing and visit the gallery for this specific reason."

Philip Wilby from the Department of Music was interviewed on the Radio 3 programme In Tune about his composition for the Northern ballet production of Jekyll and Hyde. His new score combines live orchestra, synthesizers and special effects.

The BBC2 programme The rise and sprawl of the middle classes, which traced the evolution of the middle classes in Britain over the last century, featured Professor Richard Taylor from the School of Continuing Education. The programme looked at the new grammar school generation that began to challenge government policies. According to Professor Taylor: "Pre-CND and the other anti-nuclear movements people viewed politics in Britain to be very much confined to official party politics in Westminster. Since then there has been a much broader conception of politics, people now feel it’s their right to protest."

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