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'Grandad & Nelly' by Sue & James Daley
'Grandad & Nelly' by Sue & James Daley
Taken from their folk album 'The Ballad of Harry White', this track has music by James Daley and lyrics written by wife Sue Daley to celebrate the memory of her (and my) grandparents, Alf and Nelly Hopper. Sue writes, "I knew he had got it when one day James played the progression that he had been working on for ‘Grandad and Nellie’ it so…
'Memoriam' for piano, by Paul Willis
'Memoriam' for piano, by Paul Willis
A short piano piece I composed in 1991 and dedicated to the memory of my grandparents, Alfred and Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey), both of whom died in 1991. The piece was played at Nelly's funeral in January 1992.
[The recording was made by Becky Waters, a friend of mine from the USA who as well as being a professional musician, teaches composition…
'The Hoppers at Home' - amateur recording
'The Hoppers at Home' - amateur recording
In about 1967 my dad bought a cassette recorded and used it to record everyday family life. One day my mum, then aged 21, took the opportunity to record a conversation with her parents and grandparents for posterity. In this recording are: Brenda (21), Alf Hopper (57), Nelly Hopper nee Gurnsey (55), George & Amy Gurnsey (nee Huggins) both 83.

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