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Noel Thompson

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B.Mus(Hons) Birmingham University(1954),Wadham College, Oxford for postgraduate teacher training 1954-5. Tutors at B'ham:- the composer Peter Wishart and Professor Sir Anthony Lewis. Noel is the former Head of Music, Combe Bank (R.C.) independent Girls School in Kent. former Director Moorland Opera (professional), Devon; harpsichord & piano member of the St. Petrock flute, 'cello and keyboard trio touring Devon and Cornwall from 1995 to 2003; founder and conductor Tavistock Chamber Orchestra (amateur).For 4 years Noel and his wife ran a very successful 'musical restaurant' in Devon,in which Noel played the harpsichord to diners. Non-musical employment includes former Royal Air Force Officer,former General Manager, 'The Guardian' newspaper, London, and Head of Training, The Newspaper Publishers Association, Management Development and Training Manager, BPB Industries and other companies including Procter and Gamble (UK) and General Foods Ltd (UK) Compositions include an A Capella Mass, an orchestral/choral setting of S.Sitwell poems, several original instrumental and orchestral pieces, folk song versions, classics arrangements for flute, pianoforte, string quartet, saxophone and violin, a children's musical for Combe Bank School, a one-act 'Cockney' Opera and short choral devotional pieces. His compositions have been performed at Birmingham City Art Gallery,The Barber Institute at Birmingham University, in Tavistock and Plymouth, in Devon and Cornwall halls and churches, The Holywell recital rooms at Oxford University and in Sevenoaks, Kent.The picture is of Noel dressed in Elizabethan costume at a recital of Elizabethan music in Buckland Abbey,Devon,(National Trust), the former home of Sir Francis Drake. Noel asks, "PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU DOWNLOAD AND PLAY ANY OF MY MUSIC AND LIKE ANY OF IT. PLEASE ADVISE ME IF ANY OF IT FAILS TO SUIT YOUR INSTRUMENT. ADVICE IS ALWAYS WELCOME.IT WOULD BE VERY REWARDING TO RECEIVE SOME FEEDBACK FROM YOU EVEN IF IT IS UNFLATTERING"!

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