Monday, 10 March 2014

Dyson Choral Symphony premiere

Sir George Dyson
Sir George Dyson
On Thursday 13 March 2014 The London Chorus, Durham University Music Society Chorus, the New London Orchestra and conductor Ronald Corp will be giving the world premiere of George Dyson's Choral Symphony at St John's Smith Square. A large scale setting of Psalm 107, O Give thanks Unto the Lord, Dyson's work is written for SATB soli, double chorus and orchestra and lasts around 40 minutes and has only recently been discovered.

The concert also includes RVW's Five Mystical Songs with Sir Thomas Allen and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford's rarely performed Concert piece for organ and orchestra

George Dyson (1883 - 1964) was a 20th century English composer who taught music at Rugby and Winchester Schools, and Wellington College as well as being a professor of the Royal College of Music (and later Director). His best known works are his large scale choral pieces such as The Canterbury Pilgrims (the soloists at the work's premiere included Isobel Baillie) and Quo Vadis. Further information about George Dyson from the Sir George Dyson Trust website.

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