The Canterbury Pilgrims
by George Dyson

An open choral workshop directed by Paul Spicer
Accompanist: Mark Dancer

Saturday 29 September 2018
10.30 am–4.30 pm
Church Road, Steep
GU32 2DG

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Sir George Dyson (1883–1964) is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British music. Through his work as a composer, conductor, educationist and administrator at – amongst others – Winchester College, the Royal College of Music, the National Federation of Music Societies and the Three Choirs Festival, Dyson made an exceptional contribution both to professional and to amateur music-making in this country.

The Canterbury Pilgrims was written in 1931 for the tenth Winchester Festival, and became a favourite among British choirs for several decades. Dyson brings Chaucer’s panorama of English characters to life with vigour, heroism, humour and a deep sympathy. The workshop will explore all the choral sections of the work and will be suitable both for singers preparing for the Festival performance in 2019 and for those who would enjoy a one-day tour of this unjustly neglected masterpiece.

Paul Spicer is a leading expert on Dyson, having published a full-length study of his life and music in 2014. Paul is one of today’s most distinguished choral conductors and is in great demand for his inspirational choral workshops. He conducts the Birmingham Bach Choir, is founder-director of the acclaimed Finzi Singers, and is Professor of Choral Conducting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has been Resident Conductor at Petersfield Musical Festival since 2005.

Bedales Quad offers excellent facilities. The school is two miles from the A3 and has ample parking. Tiered seating for the choir ensures good visibility for all. Lunch is available, provided by the school’s catering team, and the lunch break also provides an opportunity to view the school’s grounds.

Timetable for the day
10.00 am–4.30 pm

10.00 Doors open
10.30 Workshop session 1
11.30–11.45 Coffee Break
11.45 Workshop session 2
1.00 Lunch (Lunch is provided or bring your own)
1.45–3.00 Workshop session 3
3.10–4.30 Workshop session 4



Including tea/coffee at morning break and lunchtime

Singers £18
Friends of the Festival £14
Members of Petersfield Festival choirs £14
Full-time students Free
Audience £5
Music hire £1 per copy


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