Band’s Director Is Master of Music
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
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
"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".