Ronald Tickner Educational Trust

Ron Tickner

Born in Herne Bay in March 1920 and died in Taunton, November 1999. Married Claudine Burnier and they had 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters.

Studied at Royal College of Music, 1938 – 39, 1940 and 1946-47. Gained Bmus, Dunelm; FRCO, CHM; ARCM. Assistant organist at Salisbury Cathedral (1947-54) under Sir David Willcocks, and later Director of Music at Dr Morgan’s School, (1954-60) Richard Huish School and College. (1961-83) He was Conductor of Taunton Choral Society , Organist St Mary Magdalene (1963 – 1999), repetiteur, Somerset Opera (1975-1999) Limpus and Reid Prizes for FRCO. Ron Tickner was also a tireless supporter and accompanist for the Taunton & Somerset Music, Drama & Dance Festival.

The Trust was formed in 2000 to commemorate a true Man of Music whose time was so often spent encouraging young musicians. Although primarily an organist, his taste in music was catholic. He had a passion and detailed knowledge of French opera- was as happy playing in a Music Hall as rendering Joplin rags -or as repetiteur for the huge range of performances undertaken by Somerset Opera, Britten, Wagner, Verdi, Mozart, G&S, Slade, Berkeley, Holst, Delius, Lambert amongst many others. He created the stage persona of Cpl, Tickner in the Private Willis shows, (G&S with audience participation,) which were performed all over the West Country and even travelled to France, much to the bemusement of the natives.