With great sadness we announce that Patric Standford, Chairman of the Hinrichsen Foundation and an Edition Peters Group composer, passed away suddenly during the night of Tuesday 22 April 2014.
Born in Barnsley in 1939, Standford studied with the British composer Edmund Rubbra at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Winning the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1964 enabled him to study under Gianfrancesco Malipiero in Venice and then under Witold Lutosławski in Warsaw. In due course, he succeeded his former teacher, Rubbra, as Professor of Composition at the Guildhall. For several years he was the Chair of the Composers Guild of Great Britain – which has since become part of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors – and also chaired the British Music Centre – now part of Sound and Music. He moved to Wakefield on becoming Head of Music at Leeds University College Bretton Hall until he retired from academic life.
Standford served as a Trustee of the Hinrichsen Foundation for over twenty years and took over from Arnold Whittall as Chairman of the Foundation in the early years of this century. In addition to his fierce and determined support of the key Hinrichsen objectives, particularly in nurturing a lively contemporary music scene in the UK, Standford played a key role in the process of unifying the Edition Peters Group in recent years.
We remember a wonderful colleague and dear friend, one of the warmest and kindest people one could imagine. Our thoughts, condolences and good wishes go to his daughter Sophie and sons Rupert and Toby.