of Concert Hall - Sunday evenings between 19:00
Lyndon joined Symphony Hall as Special Projects Manager in
1993 and following his retirement in 2004, remained part of
the team as Music Adviser. He played a key role in programming
the Birmingham International Concert Season, was responsible
for originating a number of specially themed festivals, interviewed
many visiting artists and presented the ECHO Rising Stars series
since its inception in the early 90s.
For many of our classical music audiences, Lyndon was without
doubt the public face of both Symphony Hall and Town Hall,
as well as being known by the artists who have appeared here.
He helped devise many concerts and projects which have contributed
significantly to Town Hall and Symphony Hall's reputation
among the great concert halls of the world.
Lyndon was a highly respected journalist, author, lecturer
and broadcaster on music. Locally, he wrote for the Birmingham
Post from 1972-1987, was Classical Presenter at Mercia Sound
(1980-89), BRMB (1986-89) and BBC Radio WM (1989-92) and
later presented a weekly programme of light music on Saga
Radio. He was a well-known voice on BBC Radio 3 between 1983-99,
a regular contributor to specialist music journals and writer
of CD booklets for many leading record labels including EMI,
Testament and Dutton.
specialist in British music, British artists and British
musical history, his many documentary programmes
Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Malcom Sargent, Dame Maggie Teyte,
Eric Fenby and E J Moeran. His publications included Sir
Adrian Boult’s Birmingham Years, The Birmingham 78s,
The Recorded Works of William Walton, The Music of Arthur
Bliss on Record, While Spring and Summer Sang: Thomas Beecham
and the Music of Frederick Delius and Town Hall Birmingham:
A History in Pictures.
Among his many interests was a particular love of Scandinavian
music and he broadcast regularly on Finnish and Danish radio
about Sibelius and Nielsen. His promotion of Danish music
led to him being awarded a knighthood from HM The Queen of
Denmark for services to Anglo-Danish cultural relations.
He gave the first Adrian Boult lecture in Birmingham in 1986,
was Chairman of the Delius Society from 1994-2000, latterly
Vice-President, and Chairman of the Federation of Recorded
moved to Birmingham from his native Swansea in the early
1960s to take up a position as personal assistant to
Sir Robert Booth, then Director of Birmingham Chamber of
Commerce. Working alongside Sir Robert, Lyndon was at the
centre of discussions regarding the proposed National Exhibition
Centre development, ultimately taking on the role of Press
Officer after it opened in 1976.
Tributes to Lyndon who passed away April 2014:
"I knew Lyndon from working at Mercia on Sundays, A
"The main memory I have of Lyndon from the 1980s is how gentle
and gentlemanly he always seemed"...
"Lyndon was quite a gent and a man of such culture"...
"a charming, very sharp-witted, cultured man
who could, at times, surprise you with his impish sense of
humour. Fond memories"
"Lyndon was probably the most cultured bloke I'd ever met when
I came to the Mercia - but he understood the lowbrow amongst
"He made the last ever recorded interview with Sir Adrian Boult
which I had the pleasure going with him to record"
"He was such a lovely man and very knowledgeable. Amongst my
most cringing memories is having to cover his program a couple
of times when he was away. The shallowness of my classical
knowledge in comparison to his was laid out for all to see
almost as soon as I opened my mouth even though he had helped
me put the running order together"