Some years ago Ben contacted me, far from happy about something I had written in The Bruckner Journal, enough for him to want to meet me next time he visited London. With some trepidation I agreed. When we met it was far more amicable than I had anticipated and we stayed in touch. Ben’s musical enthusiasms went beyond Bruckner; when Vernon Handley’s set of Bax Symphonies was released (Chandos) he sent me an erudite article about it.