JOHN SIMPSON (conductor 1975-2004)
Born in London in 1929, John spent most
of his early years in Falmouth, Cornwall.
His father was manager of a bakery and when aged 9, John moved again to Alton in Hampshire where
he lived during the war. Although
John enjoyed music, having started playing the piano whilst in Cornwall,
he went to Manchester
University to study
Geography. There then followed two
years National Service and a post-graduate teaching course before he joined the
Geography department at King Edward VII School, Lytham in 1952.
John spent a year in 1958 on a teacher exchange programme to Michigan
(USA), it was his attendance
at a course in Oxford
in 1965 which was to change his life.
The course was for those who wanted to explore different areas of
teaching and it was here that he started the move into music appreciation, and
it was also where he met his late wife, Mary. John retired from King Edward’s
School in 1989 after 37 years service – 23 years of which were as Head of
Music. John was one of the founding
members of the Lytham St Annes Music Circle and also helped to set up the local
peacefully at home on 20th November 2009.