GEORGE DYSON (1883 - 1964)
For a number of years the English composer George Dyson held teaching positions at leading public schools in England, including a period of 13 years as director of music at Winchester College, an important influence on his work. In 1938 he became director of the Royal College of Music in London and was knighted in 1941.
Dyson’s The Canterbury Pilgrims, based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, won considerable contemporary popularity in England. He contributed a number of other choral works to the Three Choirs Festival in the West of England.
Dyson’s orchestral compositions include a Violin Concerto, two concertos for strings, a Prelude, Fantasy and Chaconne for cello and chamber orchestra, and a Symphony in G major.