1859 Frederck Albert Linstead, GFL,
father, born at
1863 Catherine Elizabeth Harvey, GFL, mother,
born at Vinehall, Sussex.
1892 Mary Francis Linstead, born at Melrose,
Scotland, (died 1992)
Ruth Linstead born at Melrose.
1898 Dorothy Linstead born at Great Bowden,
1900 Catherine Harriet Linstead born at Melrose
Census records show the family living at
1902 Marjorie Linstead born.
1904 Charles Caleb Linstead
born at Melrose on 9th
1906 May Dorothy Griffiths (Linstead's future
born on 4th May at Oxton, Cheshire.
1908 George Frederick Linstead born on
24th January at Melrose in Roxburghshire, Scotland, the last of seven children.
1911 Linstead family move from Melrose to Doveridge
in South Derbyshire.
GFL enters Doveridge National School where his elder brother, Charles, is already a pupil.
Frederick Linstead, GFL's father dies of pneumonia and is buried in Doveridge Churchyard.
moves with his mother and siblings to
1919 GFL attends Sheffield
Central School and begins
Henry Hadow appointed Vice Chancellor of
1920 GFL composes a Piano
Sonata and begins his first major composition: an oratorio The Revelation of St John - later destroyed.
opera King John - also destroyed.
1923 Traditional Rhapsody for piano
composed - originally opus 3, later listed as opus 1.
GFL leaves Sheffield Central School and begins work in the hat department of Dunn's
Gentlemen's Outfitters - later given six months to find more suitable employment.
An opera based on the Agamemnon of Aeschylus composed – later destroyed.
1925 GFL has his first
broadcast both as a pianist and
as a composer.
1928 Frank Henry Shera becomes James Rossiter Hoyle Professor
of Music at Sheffield University.
GFL begins studying with Shera as a part-time
GFL's first post
as Organist and Choirmaster, possibly at St. Stephen’s, Sheffield.
1929 GFL passes ARCM diploma in Theory of Music on 30th
September. AMusTCL in theory also probably gained at this time.
1930 Idyll for Wind Quartet composed
Sir Henry Hadow retires as Vice Chancellor of Sheffield University [d.1933].
Catherine Linstead, GFL's mother, dies in Sheffield on 23rd April and is buried in Doveridge Churchyard next to
GFL graduates BMus at Durham University on 3rd
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano composed and first performed at the Victoria Hall, Sheffield on 26th March by
William H. Roystone with GFL at the piano.
Six Variations on an English folk tune for double bassoon composed and performed.
Octet for five Players composed
March and Meditation for Brass Band composed.
for Viola and Piano composed.
During the 1930's, GFL has piano lessons with concert
pianist James Ching and lessons in composition with Sir Edward Bairstow.
appointed Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary's, Walkley – his third Church post.
Two Irish Dances arranged for orchestra.
Pièce d’Occasion for Strings and Timpani
composed and performed.
Scene for a ballet Hylas
and the Water Nymphs composed and performed.
1934 Sonata for Violin and Piano composed (revised
is pianist in Constant Lambert's Rio Grande and in Peter Crossley-Holland's Fantasy Quintet.
Quartet for Oboe,
Clarinet, Bassoon and Double Bass composed and performed.
reach opus 100 with The Holy Bottle a Rabelaisian chamber opera.
1935 GFL passes FTCL diploma in ‘The
Teaching’ in July.
Doveridge a Symphonic Study composed.
GFL conducts ‘The Desert Song’ to packed audiences at the
1936 March of the City Councillors
performed by the BBC Northern Orchestra.
Wind Quintet Mood composed and performed in
Incidental music to
The Cricket on the Hearth performed in Southampton.
Overture in C for orchestra composed (performed
Phantasmagoria - a ballet, composed and
Eastward of Eden composed and performed by Croft House Operatic Society.
Symphonic Movement composed.
1938 Four Moods, a set of four
piano pieces each dedicated to an important person in his life, published by Augener.
Le Babil and Une Brioche for piano composed (published by Gill in 1945). Une Brioche dedicated to Poulenc.
Movement, Concertino for Piano and Orchestra No.1 and Overture in C performed and broadcast by the
BBC Northern Orchestra conducted by the composer.
1939 Opera Eastward in
Eden receives second performance by Sheffield City Training College.
GFL is pianist in Holst's Hymn of Jesus
with the Hallé Orchestra under Malcolm Sargent.
1939- During the War, GFL works as Regional Labour
Officer -45 for the Ministry of Supply.
[N.B. The George Linstead who obtained a BSc pass degree in Chemistry
as an external student of London University in 1932 and taught at Nether Edge Grammar School during the War was not the composer
as is stated erroneously on the school’s web site.]
1940 GFL marries
May Dorothy Griffiths (‘Mamie’) at Christ Church, Fulwood on 14th May.
GFL awarded DMus degree
by the University of
Durham on 25th June.
Nomine for Orchestra composed.
GFL appointed Music Critic of the Sheffield
1941 Stephen Guy Linstead, the Linsteads’
only child, born in Chesterfield on 23rd June.
String Quartet No.1 composed (revised in 1944).
Concertino for Piano and Orchestra No.2
1943 String Quartet No.2 composed (revised and
In 1943 and 1944, GFL arranged and composed
a number of works for Military Bands including Two Yorkshire Tunes that were broadcast by the BBC.
Nomine arranged for strings.
In Nomine for orchestra performed by the BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra and the version for Strings by the BBC Northern Orchestra.
Two Scottish Tunes for orchestra composed.
1945 In Nomine for orchestra performed by the CBSO
and by the Hallé Orchestra.
GFL passes ARCO on 20th July.
1946 Notturno for orchestra
Organ solo Incarnatus composed [performed
Perpetuo composed and performed by the
for violin composed.
GFL appointed Part-time Assistant Lecturer in the Department
of Music, Sheffield University.
1948 Moto Perpetuo performed by the CBSO (twice)
and the Hallé Orchestra.
GFL begins work on a Symphony (the middle Scherzo movement performed in 1953).
GFL initiated into Hadassah
Lodge of Freemasons on 31st March, passed 30/06/48 raised 24/10/48.
Shera retires as Professor of Music.
GFL is appointed temporary,
full-time, assistant lecturer for one year after which he returns to the annual, part-time, assistant lecturer contract he
retains until his death.
Stewart Deas appointed Professor of Music.
1949 Two Scottish Tunes for orchestra
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1934, rev.1944)
Garland Dance composed in June and performed later in the year by the Hallé Orchestra and the CBSO.
elected President of Sheffield Singers'
passes FRCO on 19th January.
Organ solo Incarnatus performed by the composer at St. Mary's, Walkley.
Moto Perpetuo in Sheffield City
Linstead's String Quartet No.2 performed at the annual
meeting of the Committee for the Promotion of New Music.
Moto Perpetuo performed again by the CBSO.
1952 Recitative and In Nomine for wind sextet
1953 Recitative and In Nomine performed by the LSO Wind Ensemble
in London in January.
Scherzo for orchestra (composed in 1948) performed
in February by the CBSO conducted by Rudolf Schwarz.
GFL passes BA in English at London University
GFL appointed Organist and
Christ Church, Fulwood.
103 Benedic Anima Mea for chorus and orchestra composed (performed 1979).
Film score Engineers in Steel
composed and recorded by the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maurice Miles.
GFL exalted into the Royal Arch Chapter
of Paradise No.139 on 15th March.
Anthem Thus Saith the Lord God composed and performed.
on a theme by Monteverdi for strings
Overture 'In the French Style' composed, performed and broadcast by the BBC Northern Orchestra from
the Milton Hall, Manchester.
GFL is soloist in a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor at Sheffield City
Professor Frank Shera dies in Sheffield on 21st
GFL installed into the De Furnival Preceptory of Masonic Knights Templar No. 66 on 23rd May.
Partita for Organ on ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’
Overture 'In the French Style' performed by the
GFL perfected into Talbot Rose Croix Chapter on
1960 Le Babil republished by Chester.
1961 Anglican Overture
composed and performed by
the Hallé Orchestra.
GFL arranges the Jamaican folksong Linstead
1962 GFL becomes Provincial Grand Organist
1964 String Quartet No.3 composed - first movement only performed
by the Hallam Quartet on 14th April, 1965.
1966 GFL invested as Grand Organist, Province
of Yorkshire, West Riding on 18th May.
1967 GFL plays the organ for
the dedication of Tapton Masonic Hall on 24th June.
Deas retires as Professor of Music and Dr. Basil Deane appointed.
composed for the Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra and performed in December, 1973 in the Firth Hall.
GFL composes Capriccio for organ (performed posthumously, in 1979) and Processional for organ.
dies at 6 Westwood Road, Sheffield on 29th
GFL's funeral service held at Christ Church, Fulwood on 3rd January. His ashes later buried at Doveridge.
service for GFL held at Sheffield
Cathedral on 11th
1979 Works by GFL performed in a University Music Department Concert including
the first performance of Capriccio for organ.
2001 GFL's wife, May Dorothy,
dies in Birmingham on 11th February aged 94. Her ashes are interred with those of her husband in Doveridge Churchyard.