George Dyson (composer)

Sir George Dyson KCVO ( born May 28, 1883 in Halifax ( West Yorkshire ), † September 28, 1964 in Winchester ) was an English composer. His son is the physicist Freeman Dyson.


George Dyson - son of a blacksmith - studied with Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music in London. A scholarship enabled him to 1904 to 1908 to study in Italy, Vienna and Berlin. After he returned to England in 1907, he became the first Director of the Royal Naval College, Osborne. In 1911 he went to Marlborough College. In World War I he enlisted in the military to prepare for military bands to their service. In France, he came on horseback under artillery fire. Although he was unhurt, but as a result of shock, he was honorably discharged from the army. In 1917 he married Mildred Atkey. 1921 Dyson took a professorship at the Royal College of Music. From 1924 to 1937 he served as Music Director in Winchester, from 1938 to 1952 he was director of the self- Royal College of Music.

In 1941 he was created a Knight Bachelor, Knight Commander raised in 1953 at the Royal Victorian Order.


The compositions include a Dyson's Symphony in G major (1937 ), a violin concerto (1942 ), other orchestral works, oratorios ( and Others The Canterbury Pilgrims, Quo Vadis ), chamber music, and numerous works for chorus a cappella. Dyson remained musically the English tradition of the late 19th century obliged. At times reminiscent of Jean Sibelius are recognizable.