AES New York 2017 Presenter or Author
Primary Affiliation: Challow Park - Wantage, Oxfordshire, UK
AES Member Type: Life Fellow
Graham Blyth was born in 1948, began playing the piano aged 4 and received his early musical training as a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music in London, England. Subsequently, at Bristol University where he read Electrical Engineering, he founded the Student Music Society, organising and conducting the Chamber Orchestra and Choir. He holds diplomas in Organ Performance from the Royal College of Organists, The Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music.
In 1973 he founded Soundcraft Electronics with Phil Dudderidge (now owner of Focusrite), and has been Technical Director from the beginning. Soundcraft has since grown to be one of the most significant designers and manufacturers of audio mixing consoles in the world. In the late 1980s he renewed his musical studies with Sulemita Aronowsky for piano and Robert Munns for organ. He gives numerous concerts each year as organist or pianist. He made his international debut with an organ recital at St. Thomas Church New York in 1993 and since then has given concerts on many famous organs in Europe and North America, most recently at St. Etienne du Mont in Paris.
He has lived in Wantage Oxfordshire since 1984 where he is Artistic Director of Wantage Chamber Concerts. In 1995 he built a Recital Hall in the grounds of Challow Park House, an 80 seat auditorium with variable acoustics, using the Lexicon LARES system. This has recently been replaced by a much larger space (900 cu.m / 31,750 cu.ft), with natural acoustics, as part of a substantial performing and recording studio complex. Graham is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and the recipient of an honorary D.Sc from Hertfordshire University.
Organ Concert (Presenter)