Recordings are now available online for CNM’s 17 June recital ‘The Pale Enchanted Gold’ with Tim Torry (baritone), Charles Hine (clarinet) and Alan Bullard (piano):
Alan Bullard writes:
All regulars at concerts in Colchester will remember the ‘Bravo’ voiced in stentorian tones at the end of every performance. The voice was that of Roy Teed, who has died aged 89.
Roy was born in Surrey and, after national service with the RAF, studied composition with Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music. Working in London and latterly in Colchester, Roy pursued a varied career as composer, accompanist, organist, adjudicator and ABRSM examiner. He taught at both the Royal Academy of Music and Colchester Institute School of Music for many years, and at the latter presented the Roy Teed Cup for Composition, which has been awarded yearly for over 30 years to student composers, some of whom are now well-known in the profession.
For many years he was the piano accompanist for the baritone Norman Tattersall (1924-2001) and the duo gave recitals all over the UK and on Radio 3, and worked with many other musicians of the time. In the early 1950s the duo, together with Francis Routh, founded the Redcliffe Concerts of British Music, which were responsible for bringing many young composers into the public eye, and in similar vein Roy was involved in the early days of Colchester New Music in the 1980s, regularly appearing both as composer and performer. More recently he worked with the tenor Gordon Pullin, who made a CD of his songs (with accompanist John Cooper) to celebrate Roy’s 80th birthday.
For many years he was President of the Colchester Symphony Orchestra and always wrote the extremely informative programme notes for their concerts, and the Orchestra plans to celebrate what would have been his 90th birthday next year with a concert in his memory.
As a composer he was prolific, writing numerous songs (often for his duo with Norman Tattersall), many of them setting texts by their mutual acquaintance James Kirkup (1918-2009), and several choral cantatas and shorter choral works. Larger-scale works include an opera (‘The Overcoat’), a Piano Concerto, a Recorder Concerto, and many chamber works for a range of forces. His Piano Trio was first performed at a Colchester New Music concert, and his Theme and Variations by the Colchester Symphony Orchestra.
All who knew Roy will remember him as a characterful, friendly and caring man, who loved company and always had an entertaining fund of stories, regaled in a very carrying and slightly gruff voice! He will be greatly missed.
Roy is survived by his wife Jenny, their three children Paul, Lucy and Trudy, and a granddaughter, Victoria.
Roy Norman Teed, b. Purley 18 May 1928, d. Colchester 17 June 2017
Many thanks to everyone who came to see The Pale Enchanted Gold on June 17, and especially to Tim, Charles and Alan for their engaging performance. The pdf of the concert programme can be downloaded here. We will make some recordings available in due course.
This June’s CNM summer afternoon recital by Tim Torry (baritone), Charles Hine (clarinet) and Alan Bullard (piano) will take place at 3pm on 17 June at Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh St, Colchester CO1 1TT; entry free, retiring collection.
The programme is based around three key works: Tim Torry’s setting of JRR Tolkein’s ‘The Pale Enchanted Gold’ poem from The Hobbit, Alan Bullard’s setting of Edward Blunden’s ‘A Swan, a Man’, and also Alan’s ‘Three Blues’ for clarinet and piano.
Alongside these, CNM members have contributed new pieces for clarinet and piano, plus song settings of poetry with all kinds of interesting connections to the pieces above. The full lists of members’ works in each category are as follows:
A Swan, A Man – Alan Bullard/Edmund Blunden
The star – Dylan Christopher/Jane & Ann Taylor
The sun goes down – Francis Knights/AJ Blustin
The Genealogy of Christ – Mark Bellis/Gospel of Luke
Oft when warring – Stephen Watkins/Thomas Hardy
The Pale Enchanted Gold – Tim Torry/JRR Tolkien
The sleep – Ian Wilson/E B Browning
Clarinet/bass clarinet and piano
The Bold Princess Royal – Colin Blundell
Three Blues – Alan Bullard
Whither Now? – Laurence Glazier
Seeking stillness for solo bass clarinet – Philip Joy
A movement from the Scenes from a train suite – Jenni Pinnock
Dance – Peter Thorne
Subsequent Darkness – Julia Usher
The programme also includes three works from the 20th Century English Song repertoire:
It was a lover and his lass – Gerald Finzi
Silver – Armstrong Gibbs
A Sergeant’s Song – Gustav Holst
We can now announce two exciting CNM public events which will be taking place in 2017:
Recital: The Pale Enchanted Gold
3pm, Saturday 17 June 2017, Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TT; tickets TBC
A summer afternoon recital by Tim Torry (baritone), Alan Bullard (piano) and Charles Hine (clarinet). The programme will include Tim Torry’s ‘The Pale Enchanted Gold’ – a setting of the first poem from JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit, Alan Bullard’s dramatic setting of First World War poet Edmund Blunden’s ‘A Swan, A Man’ and ‘Three Blues’ for clarinet and piano, plus new songs and instrumental music by other members of CNM.
Workshop for contemporary harpsichord composition
4pm, Sunday 15 October 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DG; free entry for audience
Harpsichordists Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar will workshop new works for two harpsichords written by CNM members. The workshop will be preceded at 2pm by a rare concert of Contemporary American music for two harpsichords by Robert Baksa, Vittorio Rieti, Mark Janello and others.