David Lumsden (musician)

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Sir David James Lumsden PhD, DPhil, MA, MusB, FRCM, FRNCM, FRSAMD, FLCM, FRSA, Hon RAM, Hon FRCO, FKC (born 19 March 1928), is a notable choirmaster, organist and harpsichordist. He is also an authority on lute music.

Among the positions he has held are:

He was a member of various chamber groupings, including the London Virtuosi (1972-76), (alongside James Galway, Jane Ryan, John Georgiadis and others), for which he played harpsichord.London Virtuosi home page

Biographical[edit]

  • Married.
  • Portrait painted by Jeff Stultens 1993.
  • He was knighted in 1985.[1]

Bibliography of scholarly writing[edit]

  • The Sources of English Lute Music (1540-1620). The Galpin Society Journal, Vol. 6, (Jul., 1953), pp. 14-22, Publ: Galpin Society
  • The Lute in England
  • Lumsden, David: An edition of Thomas Robinson’s The Schoole of Musicke (1603). Paris: CNRS, 1972.
  • Lumsden, David: “De quelques éléments étrangers dans la musique anglaise pour le luth,” in Jacquot, op.cit., pp.l97-204.
  • Lumsden, David: “English Lute Music 1540-1620: an Introduction,” PRMA LXXXIII (1956-1957) 1-13.
  • Lumsden, David: “The Lute and its English Music,” Listener (1953) 578ff. Note: The information in Lumsden’s articles is incorporated into the text of his dissertation, cited below.
  • Lumsden, David: “The Lute in England,” The Score VIII, (September, 1953) 36-43.
  • Lumsden, David: The Sources of English Lute Music 1540-1620. (Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Cambridge, England), 1955. 3 vols. Volume I is the text of the dissertation, describing the sources and the style of the pieces therein, including a discussion of provenance, and various transcription problems. Volume II is a thematic index of all the pieces including incipits and collations. Volume III is a transcription of selected works which was published separately by Schott (1954?).
  • Lumsden, David: “The Sources of English Lute Music” (1540-1620),” The Galpin Society Journal VI (July 1953), 14-22.


Cultural offices
Preceded by
Henry Oswald Hodgson
Director of Music of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham
1954-1956
Succeeded by
Russell Arthur Missin
Preceded by
Robert James Ashfield
Rector Chori of Southwell Minster
1956-1959
Succeeded by
Kenneth Bernard Beard
Preceded by
Albert Meredith Davies
Organist and Master of the Choristers of New College, Oxford
1959-1976
Succeeded by
Edward Higginbottom
Preceded by
Anthony Lewis
Principal of the Royal Academy of Music
1982-1993
Succeeded by
Lynn Harrell

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 50396. p. 427. 10 January 1986. Retrieved 2007-12-31.