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On the Road with a Dyson

The 17th-century organ case at Exeter Cathedral (Wikipedia)

At Exeter Cathedral for the weekend (11th-12th February), the first service sung by All Saints Fulham Choir will be Choral Evensong at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

The canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) will be from 20th century English composer Sir George Dyson (1883–1964).

As a teenager, Dyson gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied under Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. In 1904, he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship, an award for young composers travel abroad, and Stanford encouraged him to go to Italy; he also visited Vienna and Berlin where he met many of the leading musicians of the day, including Richard Strauss and Arthur Nikisch.

He served in the trenches during World War 1 and was sent home injured in 1916. After the war, he worked in several schools as a music teacher including Rugby, Wellington College, and Winchester College but in 1937, he became the first college-trained musician to become Director of the Royal College of Music. He received a knighthood in 1941 and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1953.

The video is the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge singing the Nunc Dimittis in D by George Dyson.


About All Saints Fulham Choir

The All Saints Fulham Church is the home of three choirs. A traditional Parish Choir who sing wide-ranging repertoire which spans nine centuries and tours regularly at home and abroad; a Gospel Choir who sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel styles, and a junior choir for children from Year 3 upwards.


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