Tim Briggs obituary | Music


My brother, Tim Briggs, who died at the age of 62 after a short illness, lived a full life as a librarian, teacher and musician. He has performed and often directed countless musical events and shows.

Born in Solihull, West Midlands, Tim was the eldest son of Helen (née Fryer) and Dennis Briggs, both teachers from working class backgrounds. Together with our sister Mary, we were brought up among books and nurtured academically and musically. In the early 1960s we moved to Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, where our father taught at a teacher training college, but we were often staying with our maternal grandparents in Painswick, a Gloucestershire town that Tim loved all his life. his life.

At North Bromsgrove High School, Tim was among the first of the full generation, his years marked by ambitious musical productions that inspired his career.

He studied history at Queen’s College, Oxford, graduating in 1981, and after working as a library assistant at the University of Warwick, he trained as a librarian at Loughborough University (1983) , a natural step for someone who designed their own library system as a child.

He then ran mobile libraries in Hertfordshire (1983-86) and worked as a librarian for Corsham and Box, Wiltshire (1986-90). During these years he was active in many musical productions, including a Jacques Brel-themed show in Edinburgh in 1983.

In 1990 he moved to Cornwall to work as Library Coordinator for Barnicoats, Penryn, and became involved in musical events with companies such as Penryn Community Theatre, Panto in the Pub, Carnon Downs Theater Group , Chacewater Players, Carharrack Players and the Playrite Theatre. . Sometimes he was “just” the pianist, often the musical director.

In 1994 Tim retrained as a teacher, teaching music at St Francis Church of England School, Falmouth (1996-2002), Falmouth Community School (2003-05), including a day a week for Cornwall County Music Service, Chesham Park College, Buckinghamshire (2005-07), Cotswold school, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, where he conducted music (2007-14), and Tudor Grange academy, Worcester (2014-20).

Engaged in extracurricular musical activities, he encouraged young performers with his professionalism and talent, as well as his calm kindness and humor. He was always helpful and involved, whether it was for a musical, a charity run, or just being a Gruffalo or turnip for his grandkids.

A member of the Hereford Chamber Choir from 2014 until his retirement in 2020, Tim then moved to Plymouth and joined choral groups there, performing in NHS the Musical at the city’s Theater Royal in 2021.

From his first marriage, to Maureen Stevens, he had two daughters, Kate and Harriet. This marriage ended in divorce, as did his second, with Julia Murray. He is survived by his daughters, four grandchildren, Mary and me.

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