William Lyons, Early Wind Instrument Player

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January
2011

The biography of William Lyons (pictured), director of the Dufay Collective and fixture on the British early music scene, is quite poetic, to say the least.

In sixty-four did Ada D
Give birth unto the boy that’s me.
I never settled very well,
School for me a merry hell.

But Mr Lawrence he did order:
“You should learn to play recorder.”
Thus was a path lain out for me,
It was indeed my destiny

To play the shawm, the crumhorn bold,
The curtal, pipes and flutes quite old.
I studied these at Guildhall School:
My mistake, I was a fool.

That fateful day it then did dawn
When this Collective it was born.
With Lewin, Bevan, Skuce and more
We wowed them all on every tour.

I teach at Guildhall, RCM,
MD at Globe every now and then,
Recordings many have I made,
Airwaves full of the tunes I’ve played.

I too compose, for what it’s worth,
And plain ignore my widening girth.
So here I sit at forty-five
Amazed at how I’m still alive.

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