Terence Dwyer

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Terence Dwyer learnt the organ under George Gray and studied harmony and composition with Ben Burrows. In his twenties he sang in Leicester Cathedral Choir and Leicester Bach Choir. For over 60 years he has played a prominent part in the musical life of Leicestershire - performing, teaching, lecturing, and conducting local choirs and orchestras such as County Festival Chorus, Phoenix Opera Group and Leicester Chamber Orchestra. His wide interests cover subjects as diverse as harpsichord-making and electronic music, and his compositions range from solo songs and chamber music to opera and symphony. His first orchestral piece �Bayeux Tapestry� (1958) is still being performed by local orchestras. In recent years Dwyer has completed a violin concerto, a large orchestral suite, and an organ quintet, and shows no signs of running out of musical ideas at age 85. Of all his achievements he says he is proudest of the progress of some of his former pupils, who have gone on to become composers, conductors and music teachers of outstanding merit.