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« Reply #45 on: October 05, 2012, 08:06:22 pm »

Bryan Kelly (b.1934) studied at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Jacob and Herbert Howells between 1951 and 1955, and later in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. He later taught at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music (1963-1984).

There is a serious error in Grove's current work-list which includes a solitary Symphony and dates it to 1988. In fact, Kelly wrote two Symphonies (1983 and 1986) and it is the first which has recently been uploaded. I have added broadcast dates and performer details for this and other recent contributions (including the very welcome Edward German broadcasts) to the catalogue.


I first encountered a Bryan Kelly score whilst studying A Level music at college and playing trombone in a brass group (c.1976). It was a piece not listed in Albion's works list called Fanfares and Sonatina for Brass. I've kept an ear open for his work since but the promotion of his music just seemed to fizzle out - then this first symphony came up on Radio 3.

I have two Kelly vocal scores which might give an idea of his other work:

At the Round Earth's Imagin'd Corners Tenor, Chorus & Strings (Novello, 1977)
1) At the round earth's imagin'd corners (John Donne) SATB
2) Never weather beaten sail (Thomas Campion) Tenor
3) Oh my blacks soule! (John Donne) SATB
4) Drop, drop, slow tears (Phineas Fletcher) Tenor
5) Done is the battell on the dragon blak (William Dunbar) Tenor & SATB
6) Wilt thou forgive that sin? (John Donne) Tenor & SATB
Duration 18 minutes.

Canticum Festivum Tenor, Chorus & Orchestra (OUP 1964) - not on Albion's list
Text: A Song for St Cecilia's Day by John Dryden.
Duration 12 Minutes.
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