Band’s Director Is Master of Music
Feb 2011

Congratulations to our director of music, Dr. Tim Thirst, who has been awarded his second Masters from Sheffield University. The Master of Music (MMus) degree was conferred at a graduation ceremony in Sheffield last week. Tim is also a graduate of Middlesex, Cranfield and The Open Universities.
As well as specialising in brass band composition and music training initiatives for young people, he also wrote and directed a documentary on Norfolk composer and folksong champion, Ernest (Jack) Moeran (1894-1950), who lived at Bacton and went to school at Cromer.
Moeran followed Vaughan Williams in his conviction that folksongs breathed the very spirit of the English countryside. In the 1920’s he travelled through East Norfolk collecting recordings - particularly around Hickling, Catfield and Sutton – and basing his compositions on them.
In November 1947 Moeran produced a radio programme East Anglia Sings, for the BBC Third Programme, with recordings of folksongs from the Windmill public house at Sutton.
“The most surprising part of this research for me” - said Tim  “was finding a recording of this programme, sixty years later. On it, one of the main singers turned out to be my great-grandfather Walter Gales! Until then I didn't know of his reputation as one of Norfolk’s best folk singers”.
"I think it is important for the band and as an example to the young people I train - that as their director of music, I try to achieve the highest standard in my own music training".


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