Michael Gryspeerdt, who inherited his name from his Flemish grandfather, was born in London. He studied medicine at St. Thomas's and after National Service was posted to Hereford and subsequently settled in Gloucestershire with his wife Colleen in 1959. They had four children and lived for over thirty years at the Leigh, south of Tewkesbury. Michael's dedication to composition started at the age of nine, he also became a mainly self taught French horn player in his teens. He had lessons in counterpoint from Herbert Sumsion, then organist at Gloucester Cathedral, and took great pleasure in playing the horn in the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra for forty years. Following retirement in 1987 from a busy life as a doctor he fulfilled his ambition to write music full-time. His compositions range from pieces for solo instrument and chamber ensembles, to choral and full orchestral works. His music has been performed frequently, has been broadcast on Radio Three, and has been played in venues in various parts of Europe and America.
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