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John Purser was born in Glasgow in 1942 where he studied composition at the RSAMD, and English at Glasgow University, where he completed a PhD. Known as a composer, playwright and poet, he is also author of the award winning radio series and book "Scotland's Music".

John Purser has written the following TheGlasgowStory essays:

Early times to 1560 - Culture and Leisure: Music
The oldest known musical object from Glasgow was St Kentigern's hand bell. It was worn out with rin...
 
1560 to 1770s - Culture and Leisure: Music
The Reformation ended ambitious music-making. In 1563 the sub-cantor at Glasgow was tried for assis...
 
1770s to 1830s - Culture and Leisure: Music
Independent of formal control of music, folk traditions were alive and well. The ballad "Glasgow Pe...
 
1830s to 1914 - Culture and Leisure: Music
Greater wealth and population supported the building of new concert halls (City Hall, 1841, and St A...
 
1914 to 1950s - Culture and Leisure: Music
The formation of a University Choral Society, followed in 1928 by a University Chapel Choir for whic...
 
1950s to The Present Day - Culture and Leisure: Music
The musicologist and historian Henry George Farmer's work continued with the setting up of The Scott...
 


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