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ASH Smyth

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ASH Smyth has written about music and the arts for The Oxford Times, The First Post, The Spectator, Music Teacher, Early Music Today, whatsonstage.com, Guernica, Stop Smiling, and the Sri Lankan Sunday Times. He is the co-author (with Richard Suart) of They'd None of 'Em Be Missed, a potted history of WS Gilbert's "Little List".

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