It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Michael Gryspeerdt, one of the founders of The Music Makers, at the age of 72. He had barely completed his last and largest work, a Symphony, before the onset of the serious illness that was to take his life. Happily, he was able to hear this work’s first performance by the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra on 6 June 2000.
Professionally, Michael carved a successful career in medicine, first as a public health doctor and then as a consultant child psychiatrist. It was only after his retirement that he was able to devote time to his first love, composition. “I started writing music when I was about nine but, having parents who wanted me to become anything but a musician, I became a doctor” he said in an interview shortly before his death.
Michael’s work is distinguished from many contemporary composers in that he relied totally on handwriting his scores by the piano. It was left to his partners at The Music Makers to transcribe these scores into publishable form.
Following in the footsteps of Elgar, Delius and Britten, Michael composed more than 30 works and had compositions widely performed. To see a full list of Michael’s works go to MG works.
A devout Catholic, Michael enjoyed writing Church music and was therefore delighted to collaborate in The Music Makers. He is sorely missed by his wife, Colleen, four children, eleven grandchildren, countless friends and his colleagues.
Michael's family have set up a website to promote his music - click HERE for details