The Sir George Dyson Trust was established in 1998, with the composer’s daughter, Alice Dyson, as chairman. Alice died in 2013. Lewis Foreman became Chairman and Adminstrator. Other trust members are Judith Dyson, Sandrey Date, James Eggleston, Jonathan Clinch, Peter Linnitt, Sam Wilcock, Tom Hammond-Davies and Andy H. King. Paul Spicer was appointed adviser to the Trust in 2008, became a Trustee in 2015 and Chairman in succession to Lewis Foreman in early 2016. The Trust’s declared purpose is to advance the education of the public in the understanding and appreciation of music of the late Sir George Dyson and by making available his manuscripts, writings, scores, drafts and memoranda for the encouragement of the study of his work.
Lewis Foreman has published more than two dozen books on music and musicians, most recently The Cyril Scott Companion (with Desmond Scott and Leslie De’Ath), Felix Aprahamian Diaries, The John Ireland Companion and (with Angela Aries) Armstrong Gibbs: a countryman born and bred. Other subjects include Bax, Elgar, Havergal Brian, Percy Grainger, Edmund Rubbra and Vaughan Williams. With his wife, Susan, he produced the widely-admired London: a Musical Gazetteer for Yale University Press in 2005. After taking early retirement from the day job in 1997 he became a full time writer/researcher on music, advising various independent record companies on repertoire, in recent years particularly with Dutton Epoch. These include recording sessions with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and many other orchestras. His CD booklet notes and recording session photographs are well-known. Until the hard copy edition closed he also wrote musical and record industry obituaries for The Independent.
Paul Spicer (b.1952) is one of the UK’s most widely respected choral conductors. He came to international recognition through his work with the Finzi Singers. He is a regular guest conductor with the BBC Singers. He teaches at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he conducts the Chamber Choir, well known for its many recordings, and at Oxford and Durham Universities. His has written biographies of his teacher, Herbert Howells, Sir George Dyson, and he is currently engaged on a biography of Sir Arthur Bliss. Following the ongoing success of his guide to James MacMillan’s choral music he was commissioned by the Britten-Pears Foundation and Boosey & Hawkes to write the first practical guide to all Benjamin Britten’s choral music for the Britten centenary in 2016.
As a composer his Easter Oratorio was hailed as 'the best of its kind to have appeared... since Howells's Hymnus Paradisi.’ His choral symphony: Unfinished Remembering, commemorating the centenary of the First World War, was premiered to considerable acclaim in Symphony Hall, Birmingham in September 2014. Much of his choral music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
His English Choral Experience courses are models of their kind both in the UK and Europe. A conducting course for aspiring choral conductors is part of the July week at Dore Abbey in Herefordshire.
Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Research Fellow of Birmingham University, an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Trustee of the Finzi Trust, Chairman of the Sir George Dyson Trust and lay member of the Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral.
Mrs Judith Mary Dyson
Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, daughter of Telford Dyson who was first cousin of George. Brought up in the environs of the chapel where George’s father had been choir master and where the young George played the organ and wrote his first hymn tunes.
Having moved to Hampshire in the 1980s Judith re-connected with her cousin, Alice Dyson, Sir George’s daughter. In 1997 along with John Bishop, Alice and Judith founded the Sir George Dyson Trust for the purpose of advancing public knowledge, interest and understanding of the works of Sir George.
Following retirement, Judith moved to live in Australia but manages to keep in touch with the Trust by internet.
Judith was invited to participate in a Melbourne radio programme about Sir George and Will Dyson, the war artist. Being the family genealogist, she was able to show an ancestral connection between the two men.
Mr Sandrey Date
Sandrey Date was born in Bournemouth in 1944. He was the first Music Exhibitioner to be appointed at Winchester College in 1956, studying piano and cello, and singing in the Chapel Choir. Date participated in several performances of Dyson’s works in the composer’s presence, including an early performance of Hierusalem in Winchester Cathedral. He graduated in Music at Oxford, where he was a choral exhibitioner at Exeter College, and later a lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral. Date then became Music Librarian of the Camm Music Library in Bournemouth and subsequently became closely involved in the music activities of the area, playing in chamber music groups, and singing in the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, where he is its Music Advisor. He is Secretary of the Bournemouth Chamber Music Society and was for some years a member of the Board of Management of the Western Orchestral Society which managed the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta. He is currently Chair of the Wessex Young Musicians’ Trust, and on the committee of Hurn Court Opera.
Peter Linnett has worked in two of Britain’s great music libraries: the BBC Central Music Library, and now the Royal College of Music (RCM) Library. Linnitt started at the BBC Music Library in 1996 as a librarian dealing with requests from the BBC Singers. By 1999 he was managing the team responsible for printed music and was the principle contact for BBC Radio 3, the BBC Proms and the BBC performing groups. In 2011 he joined the RCM library. In addition to supporting students & staff in their work and performances, the library houses an important research collection of international significance. This collection includes early printed items, manuscripts and archives, with particular strength in RCM composers such as Stanford, Dyson, and Howells. Beyond the RCM, Linnitt represents music libraries on the National Music Council and is a director of the Central Music Library, which supports music making through the Westminster Music Library. In addition to the Sir George Dyson Trust he is also a trustee of the Frank Bridge Trust.
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Dr Jonathan Clinch is Lecturer in Academic Studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He sits on the editorial board of Musica Britannica and is also an associate member of the Centre for Death and Life Studies at Durham University. He read music at Oxford University and subsequently completed MA and PhD degrees at Durham University. Jonathan held postdoctoral positions at Cambridge University, Birmingham University and the Royal College of Music, working predominantly on English music (including Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Britten, Howells, Dyson, Rubbra and Bridge). In 2016 his completed edition of Herbert Howells’ unfinished Cello Concerto was premiered at the Cheltenham Festival by Guy Johnston and has since been recorded by Johnston (Britten Sinfonia/Christopher Seaman) and Alice Neary (Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Ron Corp). He is currently writing a biography of Howells, editing a volume of essays on Frank Bridge and preparing a volume of unpublished Howells piano music for Musica Britannica.
Andrew Howard King
Following studies at Chetham's School of Music, Andy H. King completed Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Music, specialising in vocal studies, conducting and musicology. Following a brief period as Assistant Orchestral Librarian with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Andy embarked on a PhD exploring the life and songs of Sir Granville Bantock at The University of Birmingham where he is supervised by Dr Paul Rodmell. Pausing his academic obligations for two years Andy joined the Promotion Department of Boosey & Hawkes in London, before being appointed Chorus Manager with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Departing the CBSO to return to academia in 2017, Andy supports his studies by working part-time as an Assistant Artist Manager (for Robert Gilder & Co.) in tandem with various freelance activities including writing on music and as copyist/typesetter and editor. Andy has also acted as Interim Marketing Officer at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Additionally, he is an experienced concert organiser, having assisted in the development, running and administration of the Manchester Pride Chamber Music and Song Recitals. As a writer on music, Andy has written CD liner notes for pianist David Quigley, and concert programme notes for BBC Radio 3, the BBC Proms, the Bach Choir, The Sunday Boys and other independent concert promoters. For Oxford Music Online (Grove), he recently updated the article on Granville Bantock. As well as being a Trustee of The Sir George Dyson Trust, Andy is a Co-Founder and Trustee of Retrospect Opera, and a volunteer mentor for the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Sam Wilcock is Creative Manager at the Music Sales Group (Chester Music Ltd and Novello & Co. Ltd.) in London where he is responsible for the promotion of the company’s orchestral catalogue and the day-to-day management of its roster of composers. He has previously worked for Oxford University Press, RTÉ Lyric FM and the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin, where he managed the publication of the Choirland choral anthology, an Arts Council Ireland-funded collaboration between CMC, the Association of Irish Choirs and Chamber Choir Ireland. Sam began his musical training as a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and went on to read music at Durham University. He is a member and former Trustee of New London Chamber Choir, with whom he has performed at Spitalfields Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and November Music in Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
Tom Hammond-Davies is the Artistic Director of the Oxford Bach Soloists, Founder and Director of the Blenheim Singers, Musical Director of the Wooburn Singers, and Director of Music at the City Church of St Michael at the North Gate. Educated at Oxford and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Hammond-Davies was Organ Scholar at Hertford College, a countertenor Lay Clerk with the Choir of New College, Choir Director at St John’s College, and nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship. Winner of multiple awards, Hammond-Davies has worked with Lorin Maazel, Peter Manning, James Gilchrist, Dame Ann Murray, Roderick Williams, and conducted premières of works by Colin Riley, Paul Spicer, and Sir James MacMillan. Appearances include the BBC Proms, the Three Choirs Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Three Palaces Festival in Malta, and as guest conductor with the New Mozart Orchestra, International Baroque Players, Oxford Bach Choir, New Chamber Singers in Rome, and Music Nova in Antwerp.
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