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David Wyllie

On retiring in the 1990s from a civil service career in Whitehall and Brussels, David Wyllie continued his practice of composing pieces for performance by musical friends. This was linked to his involvement as choral singer and violin and viola player in practical music making of many kinds.

This included playing in a performance of Mozart's requiem given by the choir of the Brussels German School in La Madeleine Church in Paris in 1995, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the ending of the Second World War; and singing in his barbershop arrangement of the Treaty of Maastricht when it was recorded by the BBC in Brussels' Grand'Place.

As a farewell tribute, his friends performed his chamber opera, Nausicaa, based on an episode in Homer's Odyssey, and dedicated to them.

In 2007, after the move to Hereford, he composed a work commemorating Admiral John Byng, who, as scape-goat for a naval defeat, was judicially murdered in 1757. Performances in the pro-Cathedral in Brussels and in Southill church, Bedfordshire, where Admiral Byng is buried, raised €800 for church funds in Brussels and £1,000 in Southill.

You can download scores of Compositions by David Wyllie

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