This site is devoted to the memory of George
Frederick Linstead (“GFL”), musician, critic and composer.
The biographical section sets out the salient dates and events in GFL’s life, starting with his childhood in
Derbyshire, the early evidence of his musical talents and his struggles to make his
way as a musician and composer in Sheffield following the sudden death of his father. Details are given
of his flowering as a composer in the 1930s and his growing musical reputation in Sheffield
and beyond. The post-war period is also covered.
The Appreciation assesses GFL’s place in the history of music in Sheffield and more generally
in the history of twentieth-century British music.
The principal works of the composer are listed. Some of these are available as downloads for private listening.
Details are given of events organized in 2008 onwards to mark
the centenary year of GFL’s birth.