British Youth Orchestra Pioneer Ivey Dickson Has Died – Aged 95

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Concert pianist and former Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Ivey Dickson has passed away – aged 95.

Miss Dickson was part of the NYO's inception in 1948, and served as Music Director from 1966 to 1984 – credited with laying the foundations for the development of today's highly successful British youth music programmes.

‘We are all saddened by this news and recognise the enormous and significant impact that Ivey had on this organisation and orchestral music in Great Britain in general,” NYO Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sarah Alexander has said, “... just like our founder, Dame Ruth Railton, Ivey had a firm belief in the power of teenage brilliance.’