David Llewellyn Green

David Llewellyn Green (1935-2014) was born in Newport and grew up in London and Wales. After his years at school he became a student at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded several prizes and diplomas. Following a period of National Service in the Coldstream Guards he later went on to pursue his musical studies, gaining a Bachelor of Music degree from Durham University in 1970 and a Master of Music in Composition from Bristol University in 1977. David spent much of his career as a teacher, beginning his school teaching career at Leyton Grammar School before being appointed Head of Music at Bishop Auckland Technical College. After three years in that role he was appointed as a lecturer at Gypsy Hill Teacher Training College (later Kingston Polytechnic and Kingston University). Here he spent nearly 20 years until taking early retirement. At this point he experienced what he later considered the happiest period of his working life, first spending some time in India, where he was involved in setting up the Darjeeling School of Music, then spending several years travelling as an examiner for Trinity College of Music. David had close involvements with the Church of England, first as organist of Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, London, and later as organist of St Mary’s Church, Horsell. In London he directed a semi-professional choir and presided over a huge four-manual Walker organ. At Horsell, David built up a massive amateur church choir and was responsible for installing a brand-new Hill, Norman and Beard organ, one of his proudest professional achievements. Beyond all his musical engagements, David spent a lifetime honing his skills as a composer and his work ranged from the small-scale to the substantial. Regrettably, during the last three decades of his life, David was afflicted ever more seriously with Parkinson’s Disease, which finally robbed him of his physical ability to compose by the late 1990s. Nevertheless, he left behind a substantial amount of Keyboard music for Organ, Piano and Harpsichord, choral works, chamber music and instrumental music for a large variety of instruments.

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