Thiman, Eric Harding
Arranger & Composer
originally Thimann, b Ashford, Kent 1900, d Camden, London 1975. Partly self-taught but with early lessons in piano, organ and violin, he attended Caterham Sch and GSM; FRCO 1921, DMus (London 1927, Lambeth 1935). After being Organist at Park (Congregational) Chapel, Crouch End, London, 1922–1957, he served at the City Temple in Holborn from 1957 until his death. Prof of Harmony and Composition at RAM from 1930; Dean of Music Faculty of London Univ from 1956. Recitalist at all major centres in Britain, also in S Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Choral conductor, examiner, and adjudicator; author of many music textbooks, he also chaired the music committee of Congregational Praise (1951) to which he contributed 15 tunes as well as descants and arrangements; he also composed organ works, anthems, cantatas and part-songs. Nos.41*=595*, 662*.