WALTERS, GARETH (1928-2012), composer.
Walters was born in Swansea on 27 December 1928, the
son of Irwyn R.
and his wife Margaret
Jane (née Edwards). He began composing while still at school, and was encouraged
Britten, a friend of the family. In 1949 he enrolled as a student at the Royal
Academy of Music and in 1952 went
to Paris on a scholarship to the Conservatoire Nationale, where he studied with Jean
Rivier and Olivier
Messiaen. Following a period of study in Siena, Italy he returned to a
teaching post in the Junior Department of the Royal Academy, taking younger pupils for the most
part, and proving an effective and well respected teacher. In 1956 he accepted a post as a music producer at the BBC, where he
remained until his retirement, while still teaching at the Academy
and composing a great deal of music for broadcasting.
He was an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal
Schools of Music and was music director of the
Gower Music Festival.
For the most part his composing was restricted to smaller forms,
though he did write a Sinfonia breve
in 1964. His best known composition is his Divertimento for string orchestra,
composed in 1960 and recorded several times. Other
recorded works include A Gwent suite
(1969) for string orchestra, an overture, Primavera (1962), Little suite for harp and Capriccio for guitar (1980).
He married Glenys
Jones in 1969 and died at Kingston, Surrey on 31 May 2012.
Dr Rhidian Griffiths, Aberystwyth