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pdf.png1889 - Frances Powell - in St Ives

Frances Powell (1855-1921)

George Lloyd's grandmother - an American painter.


George Lloyd’s grandmother, Frances, was impractical at domestic work of any kind, did not see dust at all and lived in a terrible muddle. She was also an opera singer, a fine painter, a committed Theosophist and a pioneer early member of the St Ives Artists’ Colony. This is her story...and more to come.


First of three articles - please check out the others. 

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pdf.png1904 - Frances Powell - Paintings

Frances Powell (1855 - 1921) - Paintings

New York - Paris - Rome - St Ives


We trace Frances' progress from training as an opera singer in New York, learning to paint in Paris, her Bohemian life in Rome to the early days of the St Ives artists colony. 

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pdf.png1905 - Frances Powell - Timelapse Postcards

Frances Powell - Timelapse Postcards

Zennor, near St Ives, Cornwall


Frances painted a series of tempera landscapes around the village of Zennor when she lived at Bridge Cottage in the late 19th Century. These paintings have been reproduced as a set of postcards, which have been photographed against the original landscape to make an intriguing series of time lapse comparisons. 

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pdf.png1905 -1913 Bohemian St Ives and Celtic Connections

1893 - 2013 - George Lloyd - Bohemian St Ives and Celtic Connections

Born into an artists' colony in the far west


George Lloyd's father Will grew up in the bohemian artists' colony of St Ives, Cornwall, where he studied painting, wrote a book on Vincenzo Bellini, and was the Secretary of the pivotal St Ives Arts Club.  He inherited a fortune, married young, then lost most of it. He and his wife Prim, and his mother Frances were at the heart of the musical and artistic community in St Ives in its Edwardian heyday. George Lloyd was born into that Romantic and artistic otherworld less than a year before the cataclysm of the First World war. 

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pdf.png1913-1929 - George Lloyd - Education

1913 - 1929  - George Lloyd - Education, of a kind

The making of a musician


George Lloyd suffered recurring bouts of rheumatic fever when he was a child. He did not attend school until he was 12 and left when he was 14, when he decided that he was going to be composer and demanded a proper musical education.  After a year at Chichester Cathedral he studied with violin virtuoso Albert Sammons, then composition with Lovelock at Trinity College, with Kitson at the Royal Collage and with Farjeon at the Royal Academy.  At the age of 18 he waved his professors goodbye, and struck out on his own, writing three symphonies before he was 21, and having them performed and broadcast by the BBC.
George Lloyd had arrived.

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pdf.png1929 George Lloyd, Lady Emma Hamilton, and her violin

1929 George Lloyd's violin:
'Lady Emma Hamilton'


After being accepted as a pupil by Albert Sammons, it was clear that George needed a good instrument, and by extraordinary good fortune, a fine 18th Century violin made by John Betts, was found for him through a family connection.  The violin came with a letter, stating that it had once belonged to Lady Emma Hamilton.
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pdf.png1935 - George Lloyd - Bronze Portrait head

George Lloyd - Bronze portrait bust

by sculptor Wilfred Dudeney


In 1935, following the success of the opera Iernin, a London barrister, Mr Albert Ganz commissioned a young sculptor, Wilfred Dudeney to execute a bronze portrait head of the composer.  It was Dudeney's first commission after leaving art school. The bust was damaged by bombing during World War II, and 60 years after he created it, Wilfred Dudeney was commissioned to put it back together, so by a curious quirk of fate, it was also his last commission.  This is the story. 

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pdf.png1942 - The HMS Trinidad Story

George Lloyd - HMS Trinidad

Nightmare in the Arctic - The full story


A complete account of George Lloyd's experiences on HMS Trinidad,
including sea trials, Arctic convoys, the torpedo strike, PTSD, recovery and aftermath.
From letters, correspondence and first hand accounts.  


Image:  HMS Trinidad at sea, at speed. 1941
(She was fast - max 33 knots. Click to enlarge)


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pdf.png1942 - The HMS Trinidad Story - Deployment Timeline

George Lloyd - HMS Trinidad 

Arctic Convoys - Deployment timeline


As part of my research for a biography of the composer and RM Bandsman George Lloyd, I have found this excellent account of the movements of HMS TRINIDAD, from her commissioning in December 1941, through her deployment as convoy escort, patrolling against TIRPITZ, to her sinking in April 1942. Thanks to Naval History Net for their excellent site.


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pdf.png1942 - George Lloyd and PTSD - a Psychiatrist's View

George Lloyd - Royal Marines, Torpedoes and PTSD 

- and the long, slow road back to health (short version)


Jonathan Davidson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Duke University, examines the life of George Lloyd in the context of his war-time trauma and the unorthodox but effective techniques he used to overcome it. 


This is a shortened version of a more detailed article which first appeared in Music & Medicine | 2018 | Volume 10 | Issue 1

For copyright reasons the original article is available only to subscribers to The George Lloyd Society, or direct from Music and Medicine. 

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pdf.png1945 -1949 George Lloyd - Slow Recovery

1945- 1949 - George Lloyd - Slow Recovery 

Switzerland and London


As soon as the war ended, Nancy took George to her home in Chateaux D'Oex, among the high mountains and valleys of Switzerland. Nancy worked as a chambermaid, while he recovered. After two years he was able to control his shaking enough to hold a pen and start writing again. After another 4 years he was well enough to return to London, with two new symphonies under his belt, looking for performances. 

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pdf.png1949-1951 - Scoring John Socman

1949-1951 - George Lloyd - The Festival of Britain

Scoring John Socman


Within a few months of his return to England, George was elevated to the highest ranks of opera in England. Along with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, Lloyd and his father were commissioned to write an opera for the Festival of Britain. It took two years to write, and his opera was the only one of the three to be delivered on time, but the chaotic production caused another breakdown. 

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pdf.png1951-1964 George Lloyd - Ryewater Gardens

1951-1964 - George Lloyd - Ryewater Gardens

Breakdown - and therapy through labour 


After the double hammer blow of the fiasco of John Socman and the death of his father, George's health collapsed. He lost himself in building a market garden business, and when he was functioning again, the world had moved on.  Modernism replaced Romanticism, and he could not get performances. He carried on composing, working for a few hours a day in the early morning, with little hope of performances, but in 1964 he found a great friend and ally. 

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pdf.png1964-1970 Carnations, Mushrooms, and performances!

1964 - 1970 - George Lloyd - finding a market

Carnations, mushrooms, and performances


With the help of piano virtuoso John Ogdon, who came to him for lessons in composition, George found support from Sir Charles Groves and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He began to write for the piano, producing three piano concertos and half a dozen large works for solo piano, and had the score of his 8th Symphony accepted for broadcast by the BBC. His flowers and mushrooms were getting top prices at Covent Garden Market - but only if he blessed the seed before it was planted. 

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zip.png2013 George Lloyd Press Kit

2013 - George Lloyd - Centenary Press Kit

Macbeth Media Relations


Includes summary, fact sheet, and several features. 

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pdf.pngWork In Progress

Work in Progress


The George Lloyd Society is working through an archive comprising several thousand letters in order to compile a full length biography of the composer. We have asked for many of George Lloyd's associates to contribute articles which will be incorporated into the biography, probably as stand-alone pieces. 


Work in progress includes chapters covering the following periods:


1934 Opera:     Iernin - conception, composition, performance and aftermath 


1937 Opera:     The Serf  - composition, performance, reception


1951 Opera:     John Socman - Rehearsal, performance, reception


1972 - 1977:     London.  Picking up the threads


1977 - 1988:     London.  PerVigilium Veneris, 10th and 11th Symphony, Lyrita, Decca, Conifer. 


1988 - 1998:     London  Albany Records, Symphonic Mass, Litany, Requiem


2013                   Centenary


2020                  George Lloyd, composition methods, the subconscious, and esoteric beliefs.



These chapters will be made available for download as they appear.  


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