Sir George Dyson (1883–1964) is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British music. Through his work as a composer, conductor, educationist and administrator at – amongst others – Winchester College, the Royal College of Music, the National Federation of Music Societies and the Three Choirs Festival, Dyson made an exceptional contribution both to professional and to amateur music-making in this country.
The Canterbury Pilgrims was written in 1931 for the tenth Winchester Festival, and became a favourite among British choirs for several decades. Dyson brings Chaucer’s panorama of English characters to life with vigour, heroism, humour and a deep sympathy. This unjustly neglected masterpiece was last heard in Petersfield in 1947.
Paul Spicer is a leading expert on Dyson, having published a full-length study of his life and music in 2014. Paul is one of today’s most distinguished choral conductors and is in great demand for his inspirational choral workshops. He conducts the Birmingham Bach Choir, is founder-director of the acclaimed Finzi Singers, and is Professor of Choral Conducting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has been Resident Conductor at Petersfield Musical Festival since 2005.
Sofia Larsson, soprano
Nathan Vale, tenor
Edward Ballard, bass
Fernhurst and Petersfield Choral Societies
Midhurst Music Society
The Petersfield Choir
Southern Pro Musica
Conductor: Paul Spicer
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