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Jack Pilgrim

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death of Mr Jack Pilgrim, former Lecturer, initially in the Department of Music and subsequently in the School of Education, on 10 February 2007.

Jack Pilgrim joined the University in 1964 and quickly became an indispensable member of staff who had the talent and the energy to contribute on a number of different levels. He was known as a scholarly editor, mainly of early vocal music, and also for his own respected critical and educational articles and for his directing and recording work for the BBC. He was a popular and thorough chorus master for the University Madrigal Group and Choir and the Leeds Festival Chorus. Within the department, he was held in high regard as a sympathetic and conscientious adviser to students seeking to become graduate teachers of music themselves. His work as an examiner, including serving as Chief Examiner for the JMB at Advanced Level in Music, helped to shape a pattern of examining of the performing arts which was widely respected for its rigour and its practicality. Retiring in 1982, he continued an association with the University for a further two years, as a Senior Fellow.

Jack Pilgrim's work touched a wide cross-section of the University community and the city, and he will be remembered with great affection and respect by all those who gained from his insight, generosity and enthusiasm.