English Composer, born India in 1909, died Bath 1962.
John Austin Sykes was a music scholar at Clifton College (Bristol) under Douglas Fox, and gained his FRCO while still a schoolboy. In 1928 he went to Oxford as the Balliol College organ scholar. In 1932 he became a composition pupil of Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music. In 1936 he was appointed to the staff of Kingswood School, Bath and remained there for the rest of his life. Most of his music was written either for the school or for a small group of friends.
The John Sykes Project
It is intended to produce as much of John Sykes' music in printed format as possible. As pieces become available, they will be added to this site. (Some of the longer or more complex works may only be added in the high quality *.nwc format.) Comments and suggestions about the site and John Sykes' music are welcome and should be sent to sykesproj at talktalk dot net (please replace 'at' with @ and 'dot' with a dot - anti-spam measure).
The manuscripts from which this music is printed are kept in the Sykes' Archive, a part of the School Archives, Kingswood School, Bath, BA1 5RG
The project members hope that making this music available in this way will encourage the performance - both private and public - of this glorious music. Although the music is still in copyright, the owners of the rights are happy for the music to be downloaded, copied and performed without permission, provided it is not for commercial purposes. If it is for commercial purposes, then their permission will be required: please contact sykesproj at talktalk dot net for further details (again, please replace 'at' with @ and 'dot' with a dot - anti-spam measure).
Should funds become available (and they are being sought) it is hoped that professional recordings of John Sykes' music can be made and published.
P.J.C. July 2000
RECENT ADDITIONS - 19th revision, January 2007
Complete 'Songs of Innocence' (settings of William Blake)
Spoken dialogue for 'Christopher Columbus' Caprice for four flutes