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Dr Mark Marrington, who has written a major study of ApIvor's work, suggests that ApIvor's distance from the music profession may have been a barrier. He says, 'ApIvor never attempted to take up a music teaching post, which, at particular points in his career, his reputation may have enabled him to obtain. A position such as this would have helped him to maintain a profile in the music world that eventually might have aroused academic interest, which once established can help to fuel a composer's reputation.'

Denis ApIvor moved to Sussex in about 1990 and in 1994 kindly accepted the invitation to become one of the honourary members of New Music Brighton. According to Patrick Harrex, the chairman of New Music Brighton, an early intention had been to perform one of the quartets. Though this did not materialize, it was decided to perform two quartets when funding could be secured. Through a generous grant from the RVW Trust the plans went ahead and even new, edited and engraved copies of the scores have been made from ApIvor's manuscripts.

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