Forbes Sebastian

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Forbes Sebastian

Forbes, Sebastian, English organist, choral conductor, and composer; b. Amersham, Buckingham, May 22, 1941. He studied with Ferguson at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1958–60) and with Radcliffe and Dart at King’s Coll., Cambridge (1960–64). He subsequently held positions as conductor of the Aeolian Singers (1965–69), Seiriol Singers (1969–72), and Horniman Singers (1981–90), and was a univ. lecturer at Bangor (1968–72) and Surrey (from 1972).


Pageant of St. Paul, suite for Orch. (1964); Piano Trio (1964); Antiphony for Violin and Piano (1965); Partita for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1966); Chaconne for Orch. (1967); Sequence of Carols for Chorus (1967); 2nd Sequence of Carols for Men’s Chorus, String Orch., and Organ (London, May 1, 1968); String Quartet (1969); Essay for Clarinet and Orch. (London, July 28, 1970); 3rd Sequence of Carols for Chorus (1971); 3 syms. (1972, 1978, 1990); Fantasy for Cello (1974); Sonata for 8 Instruments (1978); String Quartet No. 3 (1982).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire