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Robert John Godfrey

Robert John Godfrey, pianist, composer and philosopher was born at Leeds Abbey Farm on the Leeds CastleEstateinKent,England on the 30th of July 1947. His father was Lt John Godfrey, a war hero who won the Military CrossduringWW2inBurma. His mother was Patricia Boucher whose father Richard farmed the Leeds Castle estate. GodfreywaseducatedatFinchden Manor in Tenterden, which was described by its founder George Lyward as a "therapeuticcommunityforintelligentadolescents"; other alumni of which include Alexis Korner and Tom Robinson.

Godfrey's entry into the world of music came ...read more

Robert John Godfrey, pianist, composer and philosopher was born at Leeds Abbey Farm on the Leeds CastleEstateinKent,England on the 30th of July 1947. His father was Lt John Godfrey, a war hero who won the Military CrossduringWW2inBurma. His mother was Patricia Boucher whose father Richard farmed the Leeds Castle estate. GodfreywaseducatedatFinchden Manor in Tenterden, which was described by its founder George Lyward as a "therapeuticcommunityforintelligentadolescents"; other alumni of which include Alexis Korner and Tom Robinson.

Godfrey's entry into the world of music came late. He didn't start playing the piano until he was thirteen yearsold.Afreakishand hitherto undiscovered talent quickly emerged and by the age of sixteen, he was able to play theBrahmsBbconcerto wellenough to give a public performance with an amateur orchestra. In 1965 he entered the Royal CollegeofMusic,where hestudied under concert pianist Malcolm Binns. During his college years he became part of the swingingLondon"gayset" whichincluded notables pop record producer Kit Lambert , pianist and teacher, Peter Feuchtwanger, Deccaclassicalmusicproducer Peter Wadland and composers Michael Tippett, Richard Rodney Bennett and Hans Werner Henze.

However, life as a concert pianist was not to be. In 1969, an opportunity to work with Norman Smith at Abbey Rdwhoatthetime was producing both Pink Floyd and Barclay James Harvest, the band with whom Godfrey would work forthenextthreeyears. His work with Barclay James Harvest made him one of the founding fathers of progressive rock musicgenreandset thescene for his future life. In 1974, together with friends he founded the progressive art rock band, The Enidandhasremainedat the centre of the bands activities for nearly forty years.

As in the case of any dedicated composer, it is impossible to separate the musical talent from the greaterperson.Theimagesand ideas contained in his music are not directly inspired by the compositions of others but rather fromhisinterests inthedeeper issues of our existence and our place in the cosmos. His life has been one long quest to tryandunderstandthesethings.

Now he has recently embarked upon a solo career and is to release an album of his romantic piano music later this year. « hide

Similar Bands: The Enid, King Crimson, Renaissance, Barclay James Harvest

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