We have recently been told of the death of Steven Pedlar.
Steven Pedlar, a Cornishman by birth, became Director of Music at Crypt in 1980 on the completion of his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was quickly recognised as one of the school’s true characters. He was a superb musician, and pupils and parents were lucky enough to hear him perform on the organ and piano on many occasions. However, he will be best remembered for his conducting, especially of voices. He was passionate about choral music, and created a Chamber Choir with whom he performed challenging repertoire to a very high standard. His enthusiasm and energy resulted in superlative performances at all kinds of events, from the Christmas Wassails and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas to the more serious occasions of Founders Day and Commendation Services. He was a rigorous teacher, never allowing slackness, especially in his more able pupils.
After Crypt, he taught at Worksop College and King Edward’s School Witley, before taking early retirement and moving to Lincolnshire. Sadly, his last few years were plagued by ill health. He leaves his widow, Griselda, and two grown-up children, Giles and Imogen.