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Aston, Peter (George)

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Aston, Peter (George), English conductor, musicologist, and composer; b. Birmingham, Oct. 5, 1938. He studied composition and conducting at the Birmingham School of Music (1956–60), and then musicology at the Univ. of York (1964-69; Ph.D., 1970, with the diss. George Jeffreys and the English Baroque) . He was a lecturer in music (1964–72) and senior lecturer (1972–74) at the Univ. of York. From 1974 to 1988 he was prof. and head of music at the Univ. of East Anglia, where he served as a professorial fellow from 1998. As a conductor, he was musical director of the Tudor Consort (1959–65) and the English Baroque Ensemble (1967–70). From 1975 to 1988 he was conductor of the Aldeburgh Festival Singers. In 1981 he co-founded and thereafter was artistic director of the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music. He was composer-in-residence and principal guest conductor of the Zephyr Point Choral Festival in Nev. in 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1999. In 1993 he became principal guest conductor of the Sacramento (Calif.) International Bach Festival. Aston was elected a fellow of the Royal Soc. of Arts in 1980. He was made an honorary fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians in 1995 and of the Royal School of Church Music in 1999. As a conductor, he has led performances of works ranging from the 15 th century to the present day. He is especially known for his dedication to vocal ensemble music of the 16 th and 17 th centuries, and of the 20 th century British repertoire. He ed. the complete works of George Jeffreys. As a composer, he has written many sacred and secular vocal pieces.

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