Kenneth Leighton

Composer. Born 2 October 1929. Died 24 August 1988
Kenneth Leighton
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1929-10-02
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Kenneth Leighton

Kenneth Leighton Biography (BBC)

'Any natural composer is a product of his background, experience and training,' observed Kenneth Leighton, 'and I like to think that my music has the characteristic Yorkshire qualities which have been described as vigour, forthrightness and emotionalism tempered with common sense.'

Leighton was born in Wakefield on 2 October 1929 and gained his early musical experiences as a chorister at the city's cathedral. Here he was particularly drawn to the music of Palestrina and late 16th-century vocal polyphony, which surfaced in the austerity of his musical language during his middle years and marked the textural clarity of his mature works. 'Church music,' he wrote, 'is undoubtedly a channel of communication for me' - one that remained open throughout his working life.

In 1947 Leighton received a Hastings Scholarship in Classics, which allowed him to study at Queen's College, Oxford. He graduated in 1951 with a BA and qualified with a BMus degree the same year, studying composition in Oxford with Bernard Rose. Leighton's musical talents were recognised when he received a Mendelssohn Scholarship to study in Rome with Goffredo Petrassi, a devotee of Hindemith's music and Stravinskyan neo-Classicism.

Fugue and counterpoint preoccupied Leighton in the years following his return from Rome. His Fantasia contrappuntistica for piano won the 1956 Busoni Prize, while his understanding of complex contrapuntal forms earned him a lectureship at the University of Edinburgh in the same year. Other influences drawn into Leighton's music in the early 1950s were supplied by the Italian serialist composer Luigi Dallapiccola and members of the Second Viennese School. Lyricism and romanticism were blended by Leighton to supply the essential character of his 12-tone compositions. Hailed as the 'musician's composer', he was recognised with the award of many prizes and honours, the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize and the Cobbett Medal for distinguished services to chamber music among them.

Leighton was appointed senior lecturer at Edinburgh University in 1963, briefly served as Reader and Fellow in Music at Worcester College, Oxford, in the late 1960s, and returned to Edinburgh as Reid Professor of Music in 1970, teaching there until his death. His Oboe Concerto received its posthumous world premiere at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in 2001.

Kenneth Leighton Biography (Wikipedia)

Kenneth Leighton (2 October 1929 – 24 August 1988) was a British composer and pianist. He had various academic appointments in the Universities of Leeds, Oxford and Edinburgh. His compositions include church and choral music, pieces for piano, organ, cello, oboe and other instruments, chamber music, concertos, symphonies, and an opera.

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Kenneth Leighton Tracks

Kenneth Leighton
Let all the world in every corner sing
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Let all the world in every corner sing

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Crucifixus Pro Nobis
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Crucifixus Pro Nobis
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Mass for Double Choir
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Mass for Double Choir
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Paean
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Paean
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The Christ Child
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The Christ Child
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Coventry Carol
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Coventry Carol
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Missa de gloria Op.82 (Ite Missa Est)
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Missa de gloria Op.82 (Ite Missa Est)
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A Hymn of the Nativity
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A Hymn of the Nativity
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What Love is this of Thine?
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What Love is this of Thine?
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God's Grandeur
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God's Grandeur
Kenneth Leighton
6 Study-Variations, Op 56 (no.2)
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6 Study-Variations, Op 56 (no.2)
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Second Service (Nunc dimittis)
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Second Service (Nunc dimittis)

Second Service (Nunc dimittis)

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Choir
RSCM Millennium Youth Choir
Conductor
Adrian Lucas
Kenneth Leighton
Second Service (Magnificat)
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Second Service (Magnificat)

Second Service (Magnificat)

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Choir
RSCM Millennium Youth Choir
Conductor
Adrian Lucas
Kenneth Leighton
Symphony for Strings op. 3 mov. 1 Adagio
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Symphony for Strings op. 3 mov. 1 Adagio
Kenneth Leighton
Suite "Veris Gratia" op 9. Movts iii and iv
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Suite "Veris Gratia" op 9. Movts iii and iv
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Crucifixus pro nobis - cantata Op.38
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Crucifixus pro nobis - cantata Op.38
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Paean
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Paean
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Gloria
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Gloria

Gloria

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Finzi Singers
Kenneth Leighton
Concerto Op.12 for violin and orchestra
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Concerto Op.12 for violin and orchestra
Kenneth Leighton
Winter Scenes
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Winter Scenes
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Give me the Wings of Faith
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Give me the Wings of Faith
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Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
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Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
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Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes, Op. 72: No. 6 Hanover
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Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes, Op. 72: No. 6 Hanover
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Hymn Fantasy on St Columba
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Hymn Fantasy on St Columba
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Toccata on Hanover (Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes, Op 72)
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Toccata on Hanover (Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes, Op 72)
Kenneth Leighton
Martyrs - Dialogues on a Scottish Psalm tune
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Martyrs - Dialogues on a Scottish Psalm tune
Kenneth Leighton
Concerto Op.58 for organ, string orchestra and timpani
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Concerto Op.58 for organ, string orchestra and timpani
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Let all the world in every corner sing
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Let all the world in every corner sing
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Fantasy on an American hymn-tune Op.70
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Fantasy on an American hymn-tune Op.70
Kenneth Leighton
Improvisation, in memoriam Maurice de Sausmarez
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Improvisation, in memoriam Maurice de Sausmarez
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God's Grandeur (BBC Singers at JAM on the Marsh Festival)
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God's Grandeur (BBC Singers at JAM on the Marsh Festival)
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I. Allegro (Sonatina No.2)
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I. Allegro (Sonatina No.2)
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Symphony No. 2 Op.69 (Sinfonia Mistica)
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Symphony No. 2 Op.69 (Sinfonia Mistica)
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Fantasy on "Veni Emmanuel"
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Fantasy on "Veni Emmanuel"
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Coventry Carol
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Coventry Carol
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Nunc Dimittis: Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense
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Nunc Dimittis: Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense

Nunc Dimittis: Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense

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Combined Southern Cathedral Choirs
Kenneth Leighton
Magnificat: Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense
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Magnificat: Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense

Magnificat: Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense

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Combined Southern Cathedral Choirs
Kenneth Leighton
Gaudeamus - Rejoice we all and praise the Lord
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Gaudeamus - Rejoice we all and praise the Lord
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Crucifixus pro nobis op.38 - 'Hymn'
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Crucifixus pro nobis op.38 - 'Hymn'
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Of a rose is all my song
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Of a rose is all my song
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Fantasy on Veni Emmanuel
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Fantasy on Veni Emmanuel
Kenneth Leighton
Te Deum
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Te Deum
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1959: Prom 35
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Royal Albert Hall
1959-09-03T12:10:41
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Sep
1959

Proms 1959: Prom 35

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1957: Prom 47
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Royal Albert Hall
1957-09-12T12:10:41
12
Sep
1957

Proms 1957: Prom 47

Royal Albert Hall

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