- Barry Smith (organist)
Early life and education
Port Elizabethin the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Smith was a choirboy at St Mary's Collegiate Church.cite web
title=Cape Philharmonic Oratorio Festival
publisher=Cape philharmonic orchestra] In 1956, Smith was awarded a scholarship to
Rhodes Universityin Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, where he completed his Ph.D. degree. In 1960, Smith went to the United Kingdomon scholarship to the Royal School of Church Music.
Smith then returned to South Africa to serve as Director of Music for two years at the
Michaelhousesenior school for boys in KwaZulu-Natalprovince. In 1964, Smith was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers of St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, a post he held until 2006 for a record forty-two years. [cite web
publisher=St George's Cathedral, Cape Town
quote=Barry Smith was appointed as Organist and Master of the Choristers in 1964 - the first South African to hold this position, in which he continued for 42 years.]
From 1966 to 1999, Smith was on the staff of the Faculty of Music at the
University of Cape Town, from which university he also holds a DMus degree. In 1964, Smith founded the St. George's Singers, which he still directs. Besides conducting in the United Kingdom, Austria, and Israel, Smith has made several solo recital tours both in America and England where he has played in many prestigious venues, including Westminster Abbeyand King's College, Cambridge.
He has adjudicated in
Hong Kongand directed music courses in Perth, Australia and in Washington D.C.In June 2007, Smith and his St George's Singers took part in the Sir Edward Elgar150th Anniversary Celebrations in Worcester, England, where he also conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestrain Worcester Cathedral.
Honours and awards
Archbishop Desmond Tutuawarded Smith with the Order of Simon of Cyrene, the highest honour the Anglican Church of Southern Africacan bestow on a layman.
Smith has received honorary fellowships from the Guild of Church Musicians in the United Kingdom in 1989 [cite web
title=Officers of the guild
publisher=The Guild of Church Musicians
quote=HONORARY FELLOWS [...] 1989Dr Barry Smith] , the
Royal School of Church Musicin 1994, and the Academy of St Cecilia in 2008 [cite web
title=Honorary Members of the Academy
publisher=Academy of St Cecilia] .
The Oxford University Press published his major new biography of the English composer
Peter Warlock(Philip Heseltine) in 1994 to mark the centenary of his birth "Peter Warlock: The Life of Philip Heseltine" (Oxford University Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-19-816606-1) [cite web
title=Peter Warlock: The Life of Philip Heseltine. Barry Smith
publisher=Oxford University Press] .
Since then he has published three further books on Warlock, including as editor of "Frederick Delius and Peter Warlock: A Friendship Revealed" (Oxford University Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-19-816706-8) [cite web
title=Frederick Delius and Peter Warlock: A Friendship Revealed. Edited by Barry Smith
publisher=Oxford University Press] , and the four-volume "The Collected Letters of Peter Warlock" (Woodbridge, 2005) [cite web
title=Collected Letters of Peter Warlock
publisher=Boydell & Brewer Ltd] .
* [http://purl.org/music/barrysmith Barry Smith's site]
title=Barry Smith and the music of freedom (
publisher=The Cathedral Church of St George the Martyr
title=The Hill Organ in St George's Cathedral, Cape Town
publisher=The Cathedral Church of St George the Martyr
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