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Like so many people my age, I remember with great fondness watching the wonderful impressionist/comedian Alistair McGowan on television as a child. For this reason, it is quite surreal, but very exciting, to say that Alistair has listened to ‘Un Hommage à Erik’ and has offered some very kind words.

Alistair is a big Satie fan; He has written Guardian articles and spoken on BBC radio about the composer and has even written a drama about him – ‘Three Pieces in the Shapes of a Pear’.

Alistair has offered the following about ‘Un Hommage à Erik’:

“Wonderful! Some of the best music Erik Satie never wrote!

Richard Fowles’ pieces are clever, beautiful and witty – three of my favourite things in the world.

 Satie, himself, would be proud of this music and amused by the enterprise!

Confuse your friends at dinner parties with Mr Fowles’ Knossiennes. Just like the real thing. But not. Genius!”

To have such kind words offered by someone who is such a Satie-devotee, as well as being someone whose entertaining work I was raised on, is a real pleasure.

Thank you so much Alistair, it means a lot!