Patric Standford was an award-winning composer, a teacher and lecturer, a writer and music journalist, occasional broadcaster and a musician who has played a major role with many British musical organisations – he was the chairman of the Composers’ Guild and British Music Information Centre from 1977 to 1993.
He is perhaps best known as a composer. His Symphony No.1: The Seasons gained the Premio Cittá di Trieste in 1972, and a large scale oratorio Christus Requiem earned him the Yugoslav Government’s Arts Award after performances in Skopje in 1976; his Symphony No. 3 has the Ernest Ansermet Prize from Geneva, and he received the First International Composers’ Award in Budapest in 1997 for a choral masque The Prayer of St Francis. His Christmas Carol Symphony is played and broadcast all over the world. He has awards from Spain, Finland and Belgium. The BBC commissioned his Symphony No. 5 in 1986.
In his early years, he worked as an arranger for West End shows in London, composing and directing light music recordings and an album for the jazz group Continuum, and ghost writing for Rod McKuen’s classical American recordings.
As a highly respected composer of choral music, he became a regular visitor to Hungary, Estonia, Finland and France as a jury member for choral competitions. He taught composition and orchestration at the Guildhall School of Music in London for 15 years before moving to Yorkshire in 1980 to become Head of Music at the Leeds University college at Bretton Hall. Retiring from this role in 1995 enabled him to devote his time to composition and writing.
In 2009, Peters Edition London became his principal publishers.
This website is a brief introduction to Standford’s music, writing and teaching. An in depth archive is currently being developed at patricstandford.co.uk