(1912 - 2004)
Percy Young was a highly prolific musical all-rounder, with an unsurpassed international reputation in almost every area of musical activity. As an academic director he cut his teeth in Ulster. He was born in Northwich, Cheshire and educated at Sir John Deane's Grammar School there, winning a scholarship to Christ's Hospital, Horsham, Sussex. In 1930 he went as an organ scholar to Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1933 and MusB in 1934. His first professional appointment was in Belfast: he was Director of Music at the new Stranmillis College, the teacher training establishment, now Stranmillis University College, part of Queen's University, Belfast. On 7 August 1937, at Loughbrickland, County Down, he married Anna Letitia ("Netta") Carson, daughter of James Carson, a schoolteacher; they would have three sons and a daughter. In the same year the family left Ulster on his appointment as music adviser to the local education authority of Stoke-on-Trent. From 1944-1966 he was Music Director at Wolverhampton College of Technology.
Composition timpani and percussion requirements
A Pageant of Carols
Timpani + 3 percussion
2 octaves crotales, tubular bells, clash cymbals, sleigh bells, triangle, castanets, Chinese blocks, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, tambourine