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Music Master.49 to 54.

Can anyone put a name to the master who taught music at KBGS after Mr. Pickles and before Paul Greenwood. He was there during my time at the school 49 -54 and left to become the choirmaster at Lincoln Cathedral, I think. He does not feature on the panorama photo of 1950. I ask because I am in disagreement with two other former students who cannot even remember him being there but both were at the school during that period.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 49 -54

Current location (optional) Bingley

Re: Music Master.49 to 54.

His name was Philip Marshall, a music graduate of Durham University, affectionately known as 'Tarzan' because of his habit of 'swinging' down from top to bottom of the tiered music room, by placing his hands on the seats on either side of the steep aisle and launching himself down several steps at once! He actually left KBGS at Christmas '51 and Paul took over from him in January '52. As well as music he taught English (he was my first English master). He left to take up the position of organist and choir master at Boston 'stump' but moved to Lincoln Cathedral a couple of years later, as organist and choirmaster. He remained at Lincoln until his death about 1995. I saw him on a couple of occasions on visits to the Cathedral. He was also a keen train-spotter and I still have a postcard of the ngine 'Sir Alexander(was it?) McCosh' he sent me shortly after his departure from KBGS.

Hope this helps resolve your 'contention', Alan.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Music Master.49 to 54.

Thank you, I knew that Mr. Marshall was after Mr. Pickles but thought that he had stayed longer than that. I cannot remember being taught by Paul Greenwood but having known him from his connection with Crosshills, I suppose I should have. I can now stick my chest out and say " I TOLD YOU SO". to the other two doubters.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 49 -54

Current location (optional) Bingley

Re: Music Master.49 to 54.

I too remember Philip Marshall taking over from Mr Pickles. He certainly was a different personality but well liked by the lads. His Tarzan efforts went down well with us. Cheers.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1947-51

Current location (optional) Orewa, New Zealand

Re: Music Master.49 to 54.

As an organist myself I know that Philip Marshall was well regarded as an organist and composer , but I never knew he was at KBGS. I have found an obituary for him from the Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/oct/21/obituaries.readersobituaries