Gwilym Beechey (b. 1938) — Celebration (2011) for organ
Gwilym Beechey was born in London in 1938 and educated at Magadalene College Cambridge, where he was a major scholar and research student. He graduated MA, Mus B, Ph D, and also gained the diplomas of FRCO, FTCL, LRAM and ARCM. After a time as a schoolmaster he became a university lecturer, firstly in Glasgow and latterly in Hull. His publications include Thomas Linley (Junior) “Shakespeare Ode” (Musica Britannica XXX) and many editions of 17th and 18th century works, chiefly by British composers. He is also an arranger and player of recorder music, and has edited The Consort (published by the Dolmetsch Foundation). He is a prolific composer of organ and other church music. He has worked as organist, pianist and accompanist. He has also contributed many articles to periodicals including Music & Letters and The Music Review.
“Celebration” was commissioned by Geoffrey Atkinson, editor of the music publishing firm Fagus-Music.com. It is a brief, toccata-like fanfare.
Published by Fagus-Music.com in “The Second Fagus Book of Trumpet and Tuba Tunes.”