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Cedric Thorpe Davie Day

Saturday 21 September 2013

This year we mark the centenary of the birth of Cedric Thorpe Davie who was born in Lewisham, south London on 30th May 1913 and, after studies at the Scottish National Academy of Music in Glasgow and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studied composition with Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music.  He also took some composition lessons from Kodály in Budapest.  From 1936 until 1945 he taught theory and composition at the Scottish National Academy of Music and in 1945 came to St Andrews as the University’s Master of Music.  Two years later he founded the Department of Music here, and between 1973 and 1978 was Professor of Music.

It is only right, then, that St Andrews should mark this significant anniversary with a day of celebrations for the life and work of Cedric Thorpe Davie (1913-1983).  This will be held in the Younger Hall, North Street, which currently houses the University’s Music Centre. 

Here is the programme for the day:

  • 10am – 9pm : Static exhibition of photographs, letters, early publications, manuscripts and scores
  • 11am-12noon – Chamber concert featuring Christopher Field (violin) and Audrey Innes (piano) who will talk about Davie’s chamber music before performing the Sonata for Violin and Piano of 1939.
  • 1.00pm-2.15pm – A screening of the 1956 movie The Green Man, starring Alastair Sim, Terry Thomas and George Cole, for which Davie composed the score.
  • 3.00pm-4.30pm – Peter Adamson introduces archive recordings including Cedric Thorpe Davie introducing his own music and an interview broadcast by the BBC to mark his 60th birthday.  Among the music heard will be the Deil’s Wark written to accompany a narrative Scots poem in 1953.
  • 5.30pm-6.00pm – Members of the St Andrews Children’s Choir sing extracts from The Oxford Scottish Song Book which Cedric Thorpe Davie edited in 1969.
  • 7.30pm-8.45pm – Gillian Craig conducts a concert of music by Cedric Thorpe Davie including the Solemn Music of 1950 and the Piano Concerto of 1944, the soloist being Richard Deering.
  • 9.00pm – Celebratory Toast with Musical Accompaniment.  Guest-of-Honour Mrs Susan Davie, daughter-in-law to the late Cedric Thorpe Davie.

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Cedric Thorpe Davie (1913-1983)