Louis Halsey (7 November)
No British musician of the latter half of the Twentieth Century has been more influential on the world of choral singing than Louis Halsey. Lecturer, conductor, adjudicator, choral director, composer and arranger, he studied music at Cambridge where he sang in the King’s College Choir.
He began his professional musical career immediately afterwards, founding the Elizabethan Singers and Louis Halsey Singers, both groups prominent features on the concert platform and in the recording catalogue throughout the 1950s to the 1970s. This work, and a spell as a music producer with the BBC World Service, produced fruitful associations – and often friendships - with composers such as Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Andrzej Panufnik, Herbert Howells and John Ireland.
In retirement, among other things he enjoys gardening and lecturing on a distinguished career. The family tradition continues with his son, the choral director Simon Halsey.