The sessions for the recording of Dyson's early Choral Symphony and St. Paul's Voyage to Melita took place at The Lighthouse Arts Centre at Bournemouth last weekend. David Hill expertly guided the Bach Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra through these complex scores. The effect was extraordinary. Dyson's well-known feel for orchestral colour was nowhere more in evidence than in the thrilling but challenging St. Paul score. It was exciting also to hear the Choral Symphony come alive and once again to hear how alive Dyson was to the drama and colour of his texts. This is undoubtedly a remarkable score for such a young man and one of the other benefits of pairing these two works is to hear a major youthful score set alongside a mature one.
The Choral Symphony was discovered by Paul Spicer at the Bodleian Library during his researches for Dyson's biography and was first performed in St. John's Smith Square, London in 2014.
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THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of Dyson's death provided many opportunities for a wide variety of events which is starting the process of bringing Dyson's music back into the public's consciousness. And so we move on into 2016.
Anyone interested in Dyson should make sure they obtain Paul Spicer's major biography which is published by Boydell & Brewer. It is available through all the usual channels.
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DYSON'S COMPOSER OF THE WEEK PROGRAMMES ON BBC RADIO 3 IN SEPTEMBER A GREAT HIT. This was a wonderful opportunity for people to hear and get to know Dyson's beautiful music. The series covered a wide range of his output. Paul Spicer joined Donald Macleod for the recordings which took place at the Royal College of Music where Dyson was a student, composition Professor and Director. It was marvellous to see how much Donald Macleod enjoyed the music as he prepared the programmes. His enthusiasm in the broadcasts was palpable.
These BBC programmes will be avaiable to hear on this website soon.
Paul Spicer has performed Dyson's THE BLACKSMITHS three times in a very effective two piano accompanied form and it can also be performed with timpani.
Stainer & Bell are also to publish the Choral Symphony and the Cello Sonata.
As a prelude to Dyson's anniversary year in 2014 a BEAUTIFUL PLAQUE was placed in the old cloisters of Winchester College commemorating Dyson's time at the college as Director of Music. It was made by Diana Lee-Browne.
DYSON'S BROADCAST TALKS: These have all been transferred to digital format and we hope to make them available on the website for people to hear in the near future. They are fascinating on many levels, not just hearing Dyson's voice, and his wonderfully unmistakable Yorkshire accent, but hearing his choir sing as they perform the examples. There is also a recording of Dyson conducting a (very amateurish) performance of his Invocation to Science at Imperial College, London, for whom it was written.
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