A concert celebrating the life of a regional music journalist, who went on to achieve royal recognition, is being staged next month.
The musical tribute to former Birmingham Post writer Lyndon Jenkins, who died earlier this year aged 75, is being hosted by feted cellist and conductor Julian Lloyd Webber at Birmingham Town Hall.
The ‘Mainly For Pleasure’ event aims to illustrate the legacy of Lyndon’s acclaimed career as writer, broadcaster and musicologist including his services to Anglo-Danish cultural relations which led to him being awarded a knighthood from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Lyndon wrote for the Birmingham Post between 1972 and 1987, was classical presenter at Mercia Sound, BRMB and BBC Radio WM – later hosting a weekly programme of light music on Saga Radio.
Mr Lloyd Webber said: “Lyndon was my friend for nearly 40 years. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of music and was immensely generous with his fountain of information.
“He was also hugely helpful to young artists at the start of their careers. He possessed a caustic sense of humour which will doubtless be lovingly recalled by this concert’s musicians.”
Lyndon moved to Birmingham from his native Swansea in the early 1960s and played a key role in the development of the region’s National Exhibition Centre – becoming its first press officer after it opened in 1976.
He joined Symphony Hall as special projects manager in 1993 and following his retirement in 2004, remained part of the Town Hall and Symphony Hall team as an adviser.
Lyndon gave the first Adrian Boult lecture in Birmingham in 1986, was chairman of the Delius Society from 1994-2000 and chairman of the Federation of Recorded Music Societies.
Andrew Jowett, chief executive of Town Hall and Symphony Hall, said: “I am immensely grateful to Julian Lloyd Webber and the many musicians who have agreed so readily to take part in what I am sure will be a fitting event to remember our much missed friend and colleague.”
The writer died in St Mary’s Hospice, Birmingham, in April this year. Lyndon Jenkins: Mainly for Pleasure takes place on Thursday, 25 September at 12.30pm in Birmingham Town Hall. Tickets are free and are now available by calling 0121 780 3333 or online at www.thsh.co.uk