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in memory of ivey dickson - Visionary NYO Musical Director (1966-84)

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain acknowledges with great sadness the passing of Ivey Dickson OBE FRAM. Miss Dickson has been part of NYO since its inception in 1948 and her influence and legacy will always be a central part of this organisation and its future. Miss Dickson was Professor of Woodwind at NYO from 1948. In 1966 she was appointed Musical Director, and during her 18 year tenure she instituted a major change of musical policy, introducing with great success programmes and works not previously attempted by a teenage orchestra. She brought artists such as Pierre Boulez and Itzhak Perlman to NYO changing the character and ambition of the organisation forever. 


Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sarah Alexander, said ‘we are all saddened by this news and recognise the enormous and significant impact that Ivey had on this organisation and orchestral music in Great Britain in general. We will announce shortly a fitting and appropriate tribute to Ivey by our young musicians. Just like our founder, Dame Ruth Railton, Ivey had a firm belief in the power of teenage brilliance. This is her legacy and one that we celebrate every day at NYO.

Learn more about Miss Dickson in The Guardian's obituary to this much-loved figure who has contributed so much to British musical life.


There will be a funeral service Friday 21 November at 5pm at Randall's Park Crematorium, Leatherhead. 


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