Tony Brown, father of Iona, Timothy and Ian, was our school music master.
He, was a great friend of our English master, William (later Sir William) Golding; who was known affectionately throughout the school as `Scruff Golding', because he wore a shaggy beard in the days when it was usual for schoolmasters to be clean shaven.
`Scruff' was an accomplished pianist, a pretty good cellist and also played the oboe to a standard which was equal to the demands of our school orchestra.
When an orchestra tunes up it is, of course, the oboist who `gives the A, to which everyone else tunes his instrument.
At one particular rehearsal, the school orchestra was sounding even more excruciating than usual.
“Mr. Golding. Can you give us that `A' again, please?”
Golding was a stickler for correct English usage. “I'm afraid I can't give you that one,” he replied, “but I'll give you one like it!”