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George Lloyd Society News XII

George Lloyd Society News XII

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  Newsletter XII

   28th November 2013 

If this is the first time you have received this newsletter, please see the note at the foot of the page.

   The last six weeks has been an exceptionally busy and exciting time for the George Lloyd Society:

  • Five superb performances of 'Iernin'¬†with Surrey Opera and Jonathan Butcher in Croydon and Penzance. ¬†
  • Two of George Lloyd's works played at the Royal Marine Band Memorial Services.
  • Sixth Symphony¬†conducted by¬†John Gibbons with¬†the Worthing Symphony Orchestra. ¬†
  • Premieres of the orchestral works¬†'In Memoriam' and 'Pont Du Gard'¬†by Peter Fender with Mid-Sussex Sinfonia and the Angel Orchestra.
  • all culminating in a fine performance of 'Symphonic Mass'¬†by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Three Spires Singers under Martyn Brabbins in a packed Truro Cathedral, recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3. ¬†

George Lloyd: Symphonic Mass: BROADCAST

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Three Spires Singers, Martyn Brabbins

Radio 3 will broadcast a recording of the Symphonic Mass from Truro Cathedral
on Friday 6th December, on Afternoon on 3. 

The programme starts at 2.00 pm.
(Precise broadcast times for the Mass will be found on the Radio 3 website nearer the date.)

The Elgar 'Enigma Variations' from the same concert will be broadcast on Monday 2nd December from 2.00 pm.
This was an especially wonderful performance by BBC NOW under Martyn Brabbins, - please listen if you can. 

Other News

The Angel Orchestra, conducted by Peter Fender, will play the George Lloyd Cello Concerto on Sunday 1st December, at 7.00 pm at St Silas Church, Islington. The soloist will be Bartholomew LaFollette, who has made this work his own.  

The Cornwall Youth Brass Band will play Royal Parks at their concert on 30th December in St Michael's Church, Newquay at 7.00 pm.  I had the pleasure of attending band rehearsals while I was in Cornwall recently, and I found the quality of the playing from a band so young was quite inspiring.  The CYBB is the oldest County Youth Band in the UK - a wholly voluntary organisation, drawing players and support from many of Cornwall's 40 Brass Bands. I have not the slightest doubt that as these players grow to maturity the fine Cornish Brass Band tradition will be safe in their hands. 

A documentary film about the life and music of George Lloyd has been shown at various film festivals over the last few months.  Reviews in the Guardian Online will be found here: Strange Storms and Symphonies. (Produced by Redcliffe Films and directed by Diana Taylor.)

Mr Bruce Duffie has published on his website the text of an interview he made with George Lloyd on the occasion of his visit to Chicago for the premiere of his Seventh Symphony by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi.  George could be reticent about his life and music in press interviews, but on this occasion he was in a relaxed mood, and Mr Duffie asked some penetrating questions. The result is an interview with insights and opinions not heard elsewhere. Recommended. Link here: ChicagoInterview

Facebook:   Our newsletters will continue, but will be less frequent when the Centenary year has passed, so we would ask that anyone who wishes to keep in touch on a regular basis may like to use Facebook, where the username is:  (Or just search for George Lloyd)

You may notice a new button at the head and foot of this Newsletter which will share its contents to your Facebook Timeline and help to spread the word.  

Looking forward to 2014:  Our plans for 2014 include significant building development at our premises in Cumbria. This will include improved office accommodation and reception area, additional library storage and publishing facilities (printing, copying and binding,) an archive room and a new purpose built small studio. Building work has commenced and we hope the new facilities will be up and running in the Spring of 2014, when we will be pleased to welcome visitors. (After we have had a short rest, that is....! ) 

Thanks to all concerned....

The George Lloyd Centenary year is drawing towards a close, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have worked so hard to make it a memorable year.  We have had unprecedented support from so many people - from programmers and producers at BBC Radio 3, to the thousands of musicians, Societies, and volunteers of every kind who have arranged and managed the concerts, and of course the hundreds of thousands (millions in the case of the Prom Concerts) who have attended the concerts and listened to the broadcasts of music. Without your support this whole enterprise would of course be impossible, and in fact, since so many of the concerts have been organised spontaneously, would probably never have happened at all.  

The year is not over yet of course, but we are still on a high note after hearing the Mass at Truro, so this seems like the right time to express our sincere thanks! I know that George would have been delighted beyond words to find such enthusiasm, respect and commitment to his life's work from so many people in his Centenary year. 

Thank you all once again, and for your interest in the George Lloyd Society.



William Lloyd  


PS:  Don't forget the Cello Concerto in Islington on Sunday 1st December and the R3 broadcast on December 6th!


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