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Peter Dickinson

Born: 1934

Nationality: British

Publisher: Novello & Co

Peter Dickinson was born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, on 15 November 1934 and now lives in Suffolk. He went to Cambridge as Organ Scholar of Queens’ College and then spent three formative years in New York, initially at the Juilliard School. From this time onwards Dickinson’s music has been regularly performed and recorded by some of the leading musicians and in 1988 the leading British TV arts programme, Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show, made a one-hour documentary about him. There are four full CDs of Dickinson’s music on Albany; three on Naxos; and seven on Heritage of his music or performances. Dickinson has been active as a pianist, notably in recitals, broadcasts and recordings through a twenty-five-year partnership with his sister, the mezzo Meriel Dickinson - see American Song, Heritage HTGCD 231 and British Song, Heritage HTGCD 240. He is also represented on CD with Ralph Holmes, HTGCD 228, and Sarah Francis, HTGCD 275. His literary interests are reflected in settings of poets such as W. H. Auden, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas and John Heath-Stubbs (all on Albany TROY 365) as well as Emily Dickinson (TROY 760), Philip Larkin (Naxos 8.572287), Stevie Smith (TROY 369) and Thomas Blackburn (HTGCD 263). Peter Dickinson’s books include studies of Lennox Berkeley (two), Billy Mayerl, Aaron Copland, John Cage, Lord Berners, and Samuel Barber. For over thirty years Dickinson was a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and is widely read as a critic on the Gramophone. He is an Emeritus Professor of the Universities of Keele and London and is chair of the Bernarr Rainbow Trust, for which he has edited several books. A volume of Dickinson’s writings, Words and Music: Peter Dickinson, was published by Boydell in 2016. His music is published by Novello/Music Sales. See also
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