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Berkeley, Lennox Randal, Sir

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1989 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Composers

1903 – Born on the 12th of May in Boars Hill, Oxfordshire, SC England. English composer.

         – Educated at Gresham’s School and Merton College, Oxford.

1927 – He studied at Oxford and with Boulanger in Paris, where he met Stravinsky and became friendly with Poulenc.

         – Worked for the BBC during the Second World War, and became president of the Performing Rights Society.

1928 – He became a Roman Catholic.

1936 – Met Britten at ISCM Festival in Barcelona.

1942 – He worked for the BBC and taught at the RAM.

1946-1968 – Appointed Chairman of Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

         – His official op.1 dates from after he was 30, but his output is large, including a full-length opera (Nelson), three one-acters (including the comedy A Dinner Engagement), four symphonies, sacred music (Missa brevis with organ), songs (Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila for contralto and strings; Five Auden Poems with piano), chamber and piano music.

1973 – His ‘Voices of the Night’, have won him wide recognition for their combination of technical refinement with lyrically emotional appeal.

1974 – He was knighted for Services to Music.

1977-1983 – Served as President of Cheltenham Festival.

1989 – Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley died on 26th of December.