Tuesday 21st January

Paul Spicer

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.

The Jenny Roberts Lecture

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 ConcertoLydia Mordkovitch, City of London Sinfonia CHAN 9369
Cello SonataOwen Norris, Jurwitz CDLX7137
Three RhapsodiesDivertimenti CDH 55045
Choral SymphonyThe Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill8.573770
Magnificat in DLichfield Cathedral ChoirPriory PRCD 505
The Dyson SongbookWinchester College Quiristers Proudsound PROUCD 146
In Honour Of The CityRPO, RCM Chamber Choir, WillcocksSOMMCD 014
RAF March PastCentral Band of the Royal Air ForceBNA 5037
Quo VadisBBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, Hickox CHAN 10061
Symphony in GCity of London Sinfonia, HickoxCHAN 9200
NebuchadnezzarBBC Symphony Orchestra and ChorusCHAN 10439
The Canterbury PilgrimsLondon Symphony Orchestra and ChorusCHAN 9531
Concerto Leggerio (*)Parkin, City of London Sinfonia, HickoxCHAN 9076

(*) Omitted from the talk