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George Dyson's
'The Canterbury Pilgrims' -
admired by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... suitably exciting.'

George Dyson: The Canterbury Pilgrims; At the Tabard Inn; In Honour of the City. Yvonne Kenny, soprano, Robert Tear, tenor, Stephen Roberts, baritone, London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Richard Hickox. © 1997, 2012 Chandos Records Ltd

Far be it from me to assess the relative merits of a vacuum cleaner and a full score; but I fear that in many households the name of Dyson may be more closely associated with Sir James rather than Sir George. It is certainly not the case in my home, since I had the honour as a schoolboy of playing percussion under Sir George's baton at a wartime performance of In Honour of the City, or whatever was still left of it. I also heard The Canterbury Pilgrims soon after, and used to play the music of its concluding procession in churches of all possible denominations in the Shetland Islands. The overture At the Tabard Inn, written later, sums up the bustle of the pilgrims' preparations for departure to Canterbury...

Copyright © 1 August 2012 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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DYSON: THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMS; IN HONOUR OF THE CITY

GEORGE DYSON

RICHARD HICKOX

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CHANDOS RECORDS

UNITED KINGDOM

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