DHM Posted February 1, 2012 Share Posted February 1, 2012 I am currently working on a research project on the life and works of Robert Ashfield (Organist of Southwell Minster 1946-56 and of Rochester Cathedral 1956-77), the centenary of whose birth we celebrated last July, who first hired me as a supernumerary lay clerk over 40 years ago. Initially I am focusing on his choral and organ music, and his influence on English church and cathedral music post-WW2 (e.g. his work as a Professor of Theory and Composition at the RCM and the RSCM's so-called "Ashfield Committee" on organists' pay scales); but I hope to be able to take this further with an extended study of the large quantity of orchestral and chamber music (almost all unpublished and hitherto unperformed) which he wrote after retiring in 1977. If any of you knew Bobby, met him, or worked with him, I would be most grateful for any personal reminiscences, anecdotes, and any other information that you might consider relevant, either on- or off-list – particularly if you know of any previous performances of his Symphony, Violin Concerto, String Quartets, etc. Amongst all his choral music there is a Te Deum in E flat (now published by Encore) dated 1996; we have no idea why, or for whom, he wrote it, or whether it has ever been performed outside of Rochester. We also recently discovered a last-verse descant arrangement of “O come, all ye faithful”, and a unison setting (for congregation and organ) of the Gaelic Blessing, but can find no record of either of these pieces ever having been done here or elsewhere. Thanks in advance for your assistance. Douglas. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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