Dr Thomas Hyde from King's College, London, will give a presentation on William Mathias, symphonist under the sign of Tippett.
Title: William Mathais: Symphonist under the sign of Tippett.
Abstract: The London premiere of William Mathias's First Symphony in 1969 helped to establish much of the critical response to his music that lasted the rest of his life. Much was made of the music's connection with the influence of Tippett, so much so that one reviewer in the 1990s dismissed the symphony was 'Tippett's Fifth'. This paper explores the exact nature of the relationship between the two composers, and argues that Mathias - always happy to describe himself as an eclectic - successfully created a personal idiom from the vocabulary of what he loved most. In this way, Mathias emerges as a far more significant voice than he was given credit for during his lifetime.