A former Army officer from Grewelthorpe, near Ripon, has put pen to paper to create a new book of cartoons to help dispel the mystery of music for uninitiated older people.
Roger Chapman, an ex-Major in the Green Howards and then curator of the Green Howards Museum in Richmond, wrote the book for people “who would like to get to grips with classical music but fears to start”.
An Old Person’s Guide to the Orchestra offers an easy and amusing introduction to orchestral instruments and also provides a background on famous conductors and a history of classical music between the 17th and 20th centuries.
The book also features content on singers and choirs, with additional caricatures of well-known faces in classical music including Pavarotti.
An Old Person’s Guide to the Orchestra also offers the reader advice on how to conduct oneself at a concert – “arrive on time, don’t clap in the wrong place, don’t eat sweets.”
Roger has produced another book of cartoons which centres on art, entitled Art for Heaven’s Sake, which encourages retired people to develop an enthusiasm for art by “picking up a pencil, brush or crayon and start a new hobby”.
Roger said: “It’s sometimes hard for older people to find a way in to something unfamiliar.
“My book of musical cartoons, with short accompanying text, will help them – and raise a smile too, I hope!
“And in Art for Heaven’s Sake they can see an older artist – a caricature of me – learning how to become an artist.”
Both books are on sale in The Little Ripon Bookshop on Westgate, White Rose Books in Thirsk, and at the Ripon Cathedral shop. All profits from both books goes towards music in the cathedral.
An Old Person’s Guide to the Orchestra costs £6.99 and Art for Heaven’s Sake is £5; both can be purchased together at a Christmas price of £10.