The Land Without Music? : John Dawson

"We wear this description of England – made by a German in the run up to WW1 – almost as a badge of honour. But was he right? We will survey the evidence, “English” (sc.”British”) music and musical culture across the ages and try to discover whether the jibe is justified. Witnesses for the defence will include a fine selection of British Yeomanry from William Byrd and John Dowland to Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten. "

Tutor: John Dawson

"John Dawson has been a senior lecturer at Middlesex University; worked extensively in the professional theatre, playing for master classes and rehearsals for artistes such as Sir Anthony Dowell, and directed musical theatre from Mediaeval Mystery Plays in Canterbury Cathedral to pantomime at Buxton Opera House. He wrote the incidental music for Bedford Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. One of his three published stage works, The Inside Story, has received performances in Europe, New Zealand and the USA. "