OBITUARIES: Philip Stevens Ledger

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OBITUARIES: Philip Stevens Ledger


Philip Stevens Ledger, 74 years old, November 18, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. Born December 12, 1937, in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, he was a music scholar at King's College, Cambridge. In 1962, he became master of music at Chelmsford Cathedral, the youngest in the country to hold such a position. Three years later, he moved to Norwich and became dean of the school of fine arts and music at the University of East Anglia. He also began a longtime association with the Aldeburgh Festival, where he had a close working relationship with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. He was the organist for Britten's funeral. Ledger succeeded David Willcocks in 1974 as organist and music director at King's and was, in turn, succeeded by Stephen Cleobury in 1982. The choir at King's was known mainly for the annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, as well as for highly acclaimed recordings and tours of the United States and Japan. Ledger had partnered in recital such singers as Janet Baker and Robert Tear.

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