The author has had access to an hitherto unpublished collection of Butterworth's correspondence, and other material, deposited in the Bodleian Library by members of George Butterworth's family. Together with more recent documentation concerning his friends, they not only provide invaluable biographical detail, but also illustrate his single-mindedness of character, whether at Eton and Oxford, or as an enthusiastic collector of folk-songs or a Morris dancer and, finally, as a very brave soldier.
Butterworth's music compositions are considered informatively so as not to deter the general reader and uses extracts from his own diary, letters, and the regimental diary records of the Durham Light Infantry. The book concludes with an account of George Butterworth's war years, in which he was recommended three times for the Military Cross.
Anthony (Tony) Murphy was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, and educated at Elland Grammar School and St John's College, York (where he studied English and Music), and went on to take master's degrees at Brasenose College, Oxford and the University of York Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies. The author held various senior posts in secondary schools in a career of over thirty years and has lectured in adult education and on in-service training courses for teachers.
A practising musician, he was first appointed as church organist and choirmaster at the age of seventeen and has been involved in singing and in choral conducting ever since, most notably with his own vocal ensembles The Tudor Consort of Rochester and In Ecclesia, as well as directing music for period stage performances. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and, after a career spent mainly in the south-east of the country, he has now returned to his native Calderdale.