Last updated: 21 April 2016
Staff v school tennis match, c1967
At the organ in St John’s,
So, how many victims of “George” are there out there? Tim taught music but my most abiding memory of him was his method of punishing unruly pupils. He used a piece of heavy dowel from a broken chair to gently tap the victim on the knuckles. This he referred to as “George”. It didn’t hurt to start with but gradually the intensity of the pain built until it was sheer agony. Famed also for his twiddly bit preceeding each verse of the school song. I am sure David Perry can tell tell us what this is technically termed [acciacatura!] .
After leaving WBHS, went to Dudley Boys’ Grammar School, Malvern Girls’ College, became Director of Music for the Sultan of Oman for about 10 years, and was last heard of as Director of Music for a Cathedral in South Africa!
Also one-time Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s Wolverhampton and St James the Greater, Leicester, and to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude for teaching me to play the organ and for the wonderful cathedral deputising trips on which he took his church choirs. Without doubt, Tim was one of the several WBHS staff who changed the course of my life.
Reviewing this in 2016, 14 years after I wrote the previous paragraph, I can safely say, Tim was THE most influential person in my life. I owe my passion for church and organ music entirely to the start and encouragement he gave me. Without it, I would have missed out on so many pleasures in life. Thank you so much, Tim.