George Lloyd (1913-1998)

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0120061113

Donald Macleod charts the rollercoaster career of Cornish composer George Lloyd, a career his obituary in The Times saw as 'A remarkable cycle of recognition and neglect'.

In a changing musical climate, Lloyd held unswervingly to his own course and became a cult figure as 'the modern composer who wrote tunes'.

Kyrie and Gloria (A Symphonic Mass)

Brighton Festival Chorus

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

George Lloyd (conductor)

In Memoriam (Royal Parks)

Black Dyke Mills Band

David King (conductor)

Symphony No 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

James Judd (conductor).

01Early Success20130624

Donald Macleod introduces early works by Lloyd.

Celebrating British Music: Donald Macleod introduces the work of the 20th century, romantic composer who never stopped writing tunes, long after they had gone out of fashion.

0220061114

George Lloyd's career had a fairy tale beginning - by the age of 25, the Cornishman had produced two operas for the London stage, and three symphonies. He was not to know that the Second World War and a ghastly near-death experience were on the horizon. With Donald Macleod.

Chorus and Iernin's solo (Act 1, Iernin)

Marilyn Hill Smith (soprano)

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

George Lloyd (conductor)

Symphony No 3

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

HMS Trinidad March

Black Dyke Mills Band

David King (conductor)

Sybil's solo (Act 2, John Socman)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Janice Watson (soprano).

02War And Its Aftermath20130625

Donald Macleod explores the effect of Lloyd's traumatic wartime experience.

Celebrating British Music: Donald Macleod looks at the effect of Lloyd's traumatic wartime experience, including an incident where his ship torpedoed itself in freezing Arctic waters.

0320061115

Donald Macleod looks at the Cornish composer's recuperation in Switzerland after the horrors of World War II. Despite a severe case of shell shock, Lloyd slowly regained the confidence to continue writing symphonies.

Symphony No 5

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

George Lloyd (conductor).

03Musical Exile20130626

Donald Macleod explains how Lloyd turned from music to farming when he was ostracised.

Celebrating British Music: Donald Macleod explains how Lloyd turned from composition to mushroom farming when he was ostracised by the musical establishment.

0420061116

Donald Macleod explores the composer's 17-year disappearance from Britain's musical map, as Lloyd took time out to pursue a quieter life as a market gardener in Dorset. Despite building up a successful business growing carnations and then mushrooms, Lloyd soon found himself leading a double life, rising at 4.30am every morning to write music before his day's work.

Her Hair and Her Soul (The Transformation of That Naked Ape)

Kathryn Stott (piano)

Symphony No 6

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

George Lloyd (conductor)

Intercom Baby

Martin Roscoe (piano)

3rd Movement of Piano Concerto No 4

London Symphony Orchestra

04Return To Music20130627

Donald Macleod charts Lloyd's return from farming to full-time composition.

Celebrating British Music: Donald Macleod charts Lloyd's return to full-time composition after decades farming carnations and mushrooms in Dorset.

05 LAST20061117

The last 25 years of his life saw Lloyd experience an Indian summer, as enthusiastic audiences and a new bond with an American orchestra brought on a stream of commissions and recordings. With Donald Macleod.

Per vigilium Veneris (The Vigil of Venus) Movements 7 and 8

Carolyn James (soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera

George Lloyd (conductor)

Diversions on a Bass Theme

Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band

Major Peter Parkes (conductor)

Symphony No 9

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

05 LASTIndian Summer20130628

Donald Macleod explores Lloyd's remarkably successful final years.

Celebrating British Music: Donald Macleod looks at Lloyd's remarkably successful final years, when audiences lapped up his tuneful symphonic works.