Lennox Berkeley Biography
Although Lennox Berkeley, born near Oxford on 12th May 1903, had begun composing as a child, he did not initially plan a career in music. He studied at Gresham’s School, Holt (which his colleague and sometime collaborator Benjamin Britten was to attend a decade later), then read French and Philology at Merton College, Oxford. and read Modern Languages at Oxford. There he wrote his first published work, a song The Thresher
, and after encouragement from Ravel he moved to Paris in 1926 to study with Nadia Boulanger. During this time he met Stravinsky and A nephew of the church reformer John Wesley and son of Charles Wesley, becoming a life-long friend of the latter.
In 1928 he became a Roman Catholic, which was to have a profound effect on his work.