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I began my second symphony whilst attending the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where I was studying for a PGCE in secondary music education. It was finally completed at home in Cheltenham. The Cheltenham Symphony speaks of Cheltenham during the Second World War when it was bombed by the German air force. The black and white newspaper photograph that partly inspired the work shows a lady whose home had just been destroyed by a random bomb. Even though the theme of the symphony is 'triumph over adversity' there are lighter moments, such as a sturdy braying donkey and a runaway (Toddington) train.