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Michael Hurd: The Aspern Papers & The Night of the Wedding



Michael Hurd was born in Gloucester on 19 December 1928. He studied at Pembroke College, Oxford (1950-53) with Sir Thomas Armstrong and Dr Bernard Rose and became President of the University Music Society. In addition, he took composition lessons from Lennox Berkeley. Following a six-year term (1953-59) as Professor of Music Theory at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, he settled in West Liss, Hampshire, dedicating the rest of his life to a variety of musical pursuits - composing, writing, conducting, lecturing and broadcasting. He travelled widely and was a frequent visitor to Australia where he helped to found the Port Fairy Music Festival which staged the first performances of his last two operas. He died in Petersfield, Hampshire on 8 August 2006, at the age of 78.

Michael  Hurd: The Aspern Papers & The Night of the Wedding


"The Night of the Wedding, a slightly risqué 16-minute opera adapted from a theatrical trinket by Frederick Witney. Hurd's manner is light and slightly Frenchifield. Simon Lepper's piano accompaniment prances nicely, and there's a kick to Rhian Lois's soprano." BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

"The recording is an unexpected pleasure."American Record Guide