Trevor Hold

English composer, poet, writer and Music & Vision Magazine contributor Trevor James Hold was born in Northampton on 21 September 1939.

He wrote prose and poetry with as much passion as music. An abiding love of the countryside was evident in his long residency in the small Northamptonshire village of Wadenhoe, and his enthusiasm for music shone ever brightly from his lecturing and writings.

As a contributor to this magazine's predecessor, M&V, Trevor entertained readers with his humorous Rejected Reviews - or works that got away and brought his knowledge to reviews of English song.

Trevor Hold, who died unexpectedly on 28 January 2004, aged sixty-four, after contracting cancer, deserves to be continuously honoured through performances of his music, especially his solo songs.



Articles by Trevor Hold

Listening to 'A Century of English Song'. 'Veira is particularly good ...'

Trevor Hold listens to baritone songs by John Jeffreys

Imaginative variety. Trevor Hold's reaction to Kilpinen's songs

Fresh and stylish. 'Richard Edgar-Wilson gives musicianly interpretations of all works, admirably partnered by the Coull Quartet ...' Songs for tenor

33. A Royal Composer

32. Stravinsky's Final Period Works

31. Bartok's Original 4th String Quartet

30. Strauss's Tone Poem 'Der Hund von die Baskervilles'

29. Elgar: The Missing 'Enigma Variations'

28. Fibich's 'Moods, Impressions and Reminiscences'

27. Schumann's 'Blumenkinderstücke'

26. Chopin's 'Cantate de Noël'

25. Purcell's 'Welcome Ode on Pepys's Recovery from the Bladderstone'

24. John Taverner's 44-part motet, 'The Cryes of London'

Unknown gems. 'Throughout, Varcoe and Benson give musicianly, affectionate performances ...' Two Hyperion albums of Stanford's songs

Trevor Hold pays tribute to the music publisher

23. Gustav Holst's 'Pluto', from The Planets (rev.)

A shot-gun marriage - Trevor Hold listens to the songs of Edward Elgar

22. Esrum Hellerup: An Unknown Composer

21. Rubbra's Comedy Overture

20. Respighi's trittico The Bistros of Rome

19. Charles Ives's Grand Metropolitan Hotel, New York City

18. Reger's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Satie

17. Fauré's Saxophone Concertino

16. Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, Billy Budd

15. Berlioz's Études for Piano

14. Schubert's Piano Concerto in A-flat major ('The Unfinished')

13. Beethoven's English Folk-Song Arrangements

12. J.S. Bach's Suite in the Spanish Style

11. Tippett's Easy Duets for Children

10. John Cage's Mushroom Music

9. Malcolm Arnold's Requiem for Olivier Messiaen

8. Debussy's Prelude and Fugue for organ

7. Delius's Evening Canticles

6. Bruckner's Cabaret Songs

5. Schoenberg's Rhapsody on Greensleeves

4. The A.E. Housman settings of Elgar, Smyth and Boulez

3. Messiaen's ballet-music The Wind in the Willows

2. Wagner's String Trio

Trevor Hold has dragged from oblivion some music you will not know. 1. Brahms's opera Tom Jones

Widening the scope - Trevor Hold discusses John Ireland's songs in the light of a new recording

Articles about Trevor Hold

Ensemble. Me and my Aunts - A Shakespeare celebration, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Various Challenges - Music by Trevor Hold, Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Delius and Vivaldi from the Derwent Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

No apologies - Peter Dale is impressed by Trevor Hold's new survey of 'The Second Golden Age of English Song'