I suppose it’s human nature to wonder just how impartial a husband’s, any husband’s, opinion of his wife’s work can be. After all, within marriage, there could well be an embargo on criticism, particularly if one wishes to remain on good terms with one’s spouse.
Having been married only once , I suppose I can offer an opinion based entirely on this experience.
Now, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, is, I contend, an exceptional person. The high regard in which he is held in the world of music, particularly in pipe-organ circles, stamps him as a person of immense stature and integrity. Being steeped in these values, he does not praise for the sake of currying favour, or to promote something that he does not believe in. As he said this morning, “I speak my mind.”
Given the importance that he places on the truth, I believe that any opinion he expresses, irrespective of whether it relates to my writing or any other topic, can seriously be construed as that of an impartial, intelligent observer.
There may be people who find this hard to accept, but then again, maybe they have never known anyone of the calibre of Ronald Sharp. His list of achievements as a self-taught individual may have to wait for his memoirs.