Drysdale, F. Learmont


He was born in Edinburgh and educated for the profession of architect, but his taste for music led him to enter the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won the Lucas prize for composition in 1890. While a student he also wrote a ballad for orchestra, The Spirit of the Glen; an orchestral prelude, Thomas the Rhymer; and a scena, forming part of the cantata, The Kelpie, which was afterwards given at Edinburgh. He received a prize from the Glasgow Society of Musicians in 1891 for his overture, Tarn O'Shanter, and it was performed with great success at Crystal Palace. His mystic musical play, The Plague, was produced at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in October, 1896.