Arthur Thornley

Arthur Thornley (1905 – 1977) was a mainstay of the Leicester Symphony Orchestra for almost 50 years. He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School where he created the first school orchestra, giving an early indication of his talent and enthusism for music. He...

G R Tebbs

George Robert TEBBS (1871 – 1923) was a modest man at the centre of music making in Leicester in the decade before the Leicester Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1922. He was the much loved founder of the De Montfort Orchestra, Leicester’s first full symphony...

Michael Tippett

Michael Tippett (1905-1998), later Sir Michael, has no direct connection with Leicester Symphony Orchestra but I have included an entry on him here because his path crossed that of Malcolm Sargent significantly during his formative years. It was after seeing one of...

Karl Russell

George Karl Russell (c1888 – c1960), known as Karl, was the driving force behind the establishment of the Leicester Symphony Orchestra. This followed the astounding success of Malcolm Sargent’s debut ‘Windy Day’ concert in February 1921. As...

Grace Burrows

Grace Burrows (1893–1981) was an accomplished violinist at the forefront of performing and teaching in Leicester for 30 years. She played a central role in setting up and running Leicester Symphony Orchestra (LSO) which she led for 20 years. She actively promoted the...