The Lockwood Record

Graham Lockwood

This page contains several articles written by the late Graham Lockwood on the Holst family history and their contribution to music-making in Cheltenham in the 19th century. We are grateful to daughter Fiona Brice for her help in providing a tribute to Graham.

Graham’s professional career was as an actuary with Eagle Star Insurance, where he offered prizes for the Royal Overseas League’s music competition. Recitals were held in the gracious Eagle Star London office. When this ended he funded a prize at his own expense, an early example of his generosity which he later extended to the Cheltenham Music Festival. Graham was an enthusiastic amateur pianist.

After retirement he became deeply involved in the cultural life of Cheltenham where he eventually settled: first Director of the Cheltenham Music Festival (1993-99) and Chairman (2000-07); and Vice President of the Cheltenham Arts Festivals (2007). In 2008 he joined the Holst Birthplace Trust, becoming Chairman in 2010-14. He was also President of the Cheltenham Arts Council (2007-17) and all the while was involved with the Cheltenham Music Festival Society, the Cheltenham Music Society and the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Development Trust.

Somehow Graham found the time to research the history of music-making in Cheltenham and aspects of the Holst family in the town. His history of the Cheltenham Music Festival was published in 2009. Just before his death his acclaimed book Concordant Cheltenham: the making of a musical town 1716-194’ was published.

Meurig Bowen, a former Music Festival Director and HBT Trustee, perhaps summed up Graham best when he said that “In his quiet, thoughtful, diplomatic and determined way, Graham’s impact on Cheltenham’s cultural scene was immense”.