- F.R.C. Clarke
(b Dagenham, London, Jan 29, 1929; d St John’s, Feb 11, 2016). Canadian composer, conductor, and music educator of English origin. He received the MMus from Durham University, and became a Fellow of Trinity College of Music (London) and an Associate of the RCM. His composition teachers included Arthur Hutchings, Lennox Berkeley, and Humphrey Searle. After teaching in England for 20 years, he moved to Canada in 1973 to take up a post as professor of composition and music education at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). In addition to his university responsibilities he conducted amateur orchestras and choral groups, was an examiner for the Royal Conservatory (Toronto), adjudicated at music festivals, and participated in ‘Creative Artists in the Classroom’ programmes. He also served as a music consultant in Honduras and Malaysia for Canadian Executive Service Overseas.
Crawley’s extensive output includes operas, orchestral works, chamber music, music for large vocal ensembles, solo songs, and keyboard works. His vocal works display a special skill in writing for children and amateur musicians. These compositions, many written for schools, range from simple songs to the musical ...