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COME AND SING DYSON'S GREAT 'NEBUCHADNEZZAR' with the Wooburn Singers at Dr. Challoner's High School for Girls, Little Chalfont, Bucks was a huge success in early February. The conductor, Tom Hammond-Davies commented: 'Some ravishingly beautiful moments in this piece. What a discovery it has been. The “golden image” kaleidoscope in dominant 7th arpeggios, parts wrapping around each other, (the effect use of the 5/4 bar too), and the burning fiery furnace announcement “and cast them ... into a burning fiery furnace” - what an amazing moment! And they loved the percussive shouts on “and burned those Chaldeans”. The gorgeously simply and peaceful trio of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego “O Nebuchadnezzar we have no need to answer thee in this matter” and the elated moment “nor worship the golden image” (D flat major first inversion I think - Tenor 1 has top A flat). The fugue “And the King’s servants that put them in ceased not “ was the most challenging section of the whole work. Very angular and quite fast, and would need more time than a single day allowed for. But we had a good stab at it. The ending is particularly exciting with everyone singing the Benedicite together.
Dyson's extraordinary anthem 'Live for ever, Glorious Lord' was performed in the summer in Portugal by a choir conducted by Neil Ferris who reported that it generated a standing ovation from the audience. He and the choir were very excited by the work and he was thrilled to introduce it to both choir and audience.
Dyson's beautiful choral and orchestral work with soprano soloist, Hierusalem, will be performed by the Harpenden Choral Society on Saturday 11 November 2017 at 7.30pm in the High Street Methodist Church in Harpenden (AL5 2RU). The programme also includes Mozart's Requiem. John Andrews conducts and the soloist in the Dyson will be Gillian Ramm. Full details and tickets from www.harpendenchoralsociety.org.
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.
Do have a look at our new BLOG website: https://dysontrust.wordpress.com. This is very much work in progress and much will be added in the coming months.
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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