Tuesday 21st January
Sir George Dyson
Dyson was one of the most influential musicians of his day but he came from nowhere to achieve his distinctive place in the musical world. Join us to follow this fascinating story and enjoy some of the most beautiful music of the period.
Appreciation by Mary Whittaker
It was a pleasure to welcome Paul Spicer back to Leicester Music Society. Previously, he has shared with us his research for biographies on Herbert Howells and Arthur Bliss: this evening his subject was George Dyson. Paul's choice of recordings demonstrated the wide range of Dyson's music: far more than the choral settings for church music and the recent revivals of his "Canterbury Pilgrims". The number of new commercial recordings available demonstrated a recent re-evaluation of Dyson's compositions.
We learnt that Dyson was also influential in widening the availability of music in mid-C20th Britain, for he was not only a composer, but, as Principal of the Royal College of Music, he was helping to ensure the availability of musicians of high quality. Dyson also encouraged amateur music making through his involvement in creating the National Federation of Music Societies (now Making Music) to enable performances around the country.
|Violin Concerto||Lydia Mordkovitch, City of London Sinfonia||CHAN 9369|
|Cello Sonata||Owen Norris, Jurwitz||CDLX7137|
|Three Rhapsodies||Divertimenti||CDH 55045|
|Choral Symphony||The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill||8.573770|
|Magnificat in D||Lichfield Cathedral Choir||Priory PRCD 505|
|The Dyson Songbook||Winchester College Quiristers||Proudsound PROUCD 146|
|In Honour Of The City||RPO, RCM Chamber Choir, Willcocks||SOMMCD 014|
|RAF March Past||Central Band of the Royal Air Force||BNA 5037|
|Quo Vadis||BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, Hickox||CHAN 10061|
|Symphony in G||City of London Sinfonia, Hickox||CHAN 9200|
|Nebuchadnezzar||BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus||CHAN 10439|
|The Canterbury Pilgrims||London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus||CHAN 9531|
|Concerto Leggerio (*)||Parkin, City of London Sinfonia, Hickox||CHAN 9076|
(*) Omitted from the talk