Someone else who died recently was Johnnie Beattie at the age of 93. Johnnie was a great friend to playback and spoke to us on many occasions. A few years ago he finished reading the book about Jimmy Logan, It’s a Funny life, on the final recording Peter had a chat with him and presented him with a gift from Playback, a teapot in the shape of a theatre with billboards etc. The interview starts and ends with The Glasgow Rap
Janet Beat (born 17 December 1937) is a Scottish composer, music educator and music writer. She was born in Streetly, Staffordshire, England and studied piano privately and horn at the Birmingham Conservatoire (formerly the Birmingham School of Music) before reading music at Birmingham University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1960. After completing her studies, she took a position teaching music with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Her music has been performed internationally. She is one of the women pioneers in electronic music composition in Great Britain for her earliest musique concrete pieces belong to the late 1950s.The influences on her music are diverse and include non-European music as well as the sounds of nature and industry, her writing for acoustic instruments as in , a graphic score she calls sound sculpture, “Mestra” (1979–80) for solo flutes and Hunting Horns are Memories.
Janet Beat is included in the British Music Collection archive at Heritage Quay, Huddersfield. She is an Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Culture & Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow and an Affiliate of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery as a Curatorial Consultant.