|Name Michael Hurd|
|Music director The Girls|
|Born 19 December 1928 (1928-12-19) Gloucester|
Alma mater Pembroke College, Oxford
Occupation Composer, conductor, musicologist
Died August 8, 2006, Liss, United Kingdom
Similar People New London Children, Rutland Boughton, Ronald Corp, David Lloyd‑Jones, Ivor Gurney
Education Pembroke College, Oxford
Michael hurd 1928 2006 sinfonia concertante andante
Michael John Hurd (19 December 1928 – 8 August 2006) was a composer and musicologist principally known for his choral music.
- Michael hurd 1928 2006 sinfonia concertante andante
- Selected compositions
- Selected publications
He was born in Gloucester on 19 December 1928 and educated at The Crypt School, Gloucester, and Pembroke College, Oxford. He was also a composition pupil of Lennox Berkeley. After National Service he taught at the Royal Marines Band School at Deal, before settling in East Hampshire where he took a leading role in the area's music-making.
Like his fellow Petersfield resident, Wilfred Brown, Hurd championed the memory of Gerald Finzi, co-editing the composer's correspondence with Howard Ferguson. He also championed the music of Rutland Boughton (he was Music Advisor to The Rutland Boughton Music Trust from 1978 to 2006) and Ivor Gurney. His lifelong friends include the writer David Hughes and his actress wife Mai Zetterling. While his was first and foremost an academic career, his work also reached a wider audience through film scores and his materials for schoolchildren. He is most noted for his "pop" cantatas such as Jonah-Man Jazz (1966). He died on 8 August 2006.