Sidney Harrison often used to talk about two of his prize students -Norma Fisher and his mature Canadian student Malcolm Troup at the Guildhall,just after the war.
He boasted that Malcolm had married a Chilean princess which did not surprise him in the slightest,as he had quite a unique character.
His daughter Wendela confirmed that today in her moving eulogy,where she described him on his last journey,with a wink,asking for a glass of champagne.
Champagne was offered to all those present in the vestry after the service today,as a loving gesture from his family.
Malcolm undoubtedly enjoying every moment of it too.
I took refuge in the nearby Coach and Horses to write a few heartfelt words about a friend while Champagne was being offered to his friends in the vestry!
What a life!
It was many years later that Sidney boasted about another student of his,who graduating with him at the RAM ,went on to build and run a theatre/concert hall in Rome with his famous Italian wife Ileana Ghione.She had been his pupil in Siena -he rarely returned to England for almost 30 years.
It was in the 80’s that Ileana and I were invited to the Troups house in Gloucester Road for a private recital for EPTA of the renowned Italian pianist Marcella Crudeli.
At last I got to meet Malcolm Troup and his adorable wife Carmen.
Malcolm and I became colleagues and I would often see him at the annual recitals of our mutual friend Alberto Portugheis.
I remember one memorable occasion where Malcolm sat,unshakable,like the perfect gentleman he was ,during an unforgettable performance of the Liszt Sonata with nine fingers -the tenth had a trigger in it !
His lovely wife died and he somehow never forgave himself that they had been on a holiday just before,which he thought had tired her unnecessarily.
My wife died too -on stage – and Malcolm and I became friends.
Today I said goodbye to a friend with the celestial sounds of the Fauré Requiem in the sumptuous surrounds of Farm Street Church in Mayfair.
It had been a haven for him and his wife for their many years together and at last,this Christmas,they are united there again.
Sep 09, 2021
A care home in Newbury has captured the moment a resident heard his favourite piano piece, after introducing them to music therapy.
The emotional video was taken as the team at Care UK’s Winchcombe Place, on Maple Crescent, played his own rendition of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus to resident and former professional pianist, composer and Head of Music Department at City, University of London, Malcolm Troup.
The regular session now forms part of the home’s efforts to encourage residents to reminisce while enjoying old hobbies. Music therapy, which Malcolm championed throughout his life as Governor of the Music Therapy Charity for 30 years, is especially powerful for residents like him, whose life has revolved around an instrument for many years, and can trigger happy memories while giving residents an alternative way to communicate their thoughts and feelings.
The home has also hosted a number of music-themed events this year, including a World Piano Day celebration and World Music Day event.
Malcolm said: “I was delighted to hear my recording again.”
Kerry Thompson, Home Manager at Winchcombe Place, said: “We always go above and beyond to support residents, encouraging them to continue enjoying old hobbies where possible and helping them to do so.
“Malcolm has lived an incredibly rich life – he’s travelled across the world, and his list of achievements, whether academic or musical, is nothing short of extraordinary. A large part of his life has revolved around playing piano, so it’s no surprise music therapy has proven so beneficial for him.
“It was heartwarming to witness Malcolm’s reaction to his favourite piece being played, and you could see from the look on his face just how much it meant to him. We’re looking forward to continuing implementing music therapy at the home and supporting Malcolm to enjoy the thing he loves most – the piano.”
Born in 1930 in Toronto, Canada, Malcolm’s interest in piano started when he very young. A talented pianist, he began composing his own songs aged nine, quickly earning a scholarship at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, then making his debut as a professional pianist in Germany eight years later, having studied with some of the country’s most famous musicians.
Throughout his critically-acclaimed career, Malcolm received a number of distinctions, including a Commonwealth Medal in 1955 as well as an International Music Award. Praised for his technical skills, he also travelled across the world to play, in locations including South America, Eastern Europe, Middle-East and Europe.
A scholar, Malcolm was also the Director of Music of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama between 1970 and 1975, and remains an Emeritus Professor at City, University of London, where he created a BSc Honours Degree Course in Music. He also chaired many high-profile music societies, including the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, the European Piano Teachers’ Association and the International Ernest Bloch Society.
The pianist, academic and teacher Malcolm Troup was born in Toronto on 22 February 1930. He studied with Alberto Guerrero and later with Walter Gieseking. He has performed all over the world and recorded for RCA Victor and Continuum. His performance of Messiaen‘s Vingt Regards was judged ‘notably perceptive … with splendid panache’ by The Financial Times.
Troup has been Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded his own chair at City University. He holds the Commonwealth Medal, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the 1998 Liszt Medal from the AmericanLiszt Society. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 1999 and is a former chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.
Articles about Malcolm Troup
Jerome Rose – In the build-up to New York’s International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Richard Meszto writes about the festival’s founder
Great Ideas – Malcolm Miller reports on the 2014 BPSE Intercollegiate Competition, and winner Mihai Ritivoiu
A Beethoven Sandwich – Malcolm Troup’s recital, heard by Julian Jacobson, also featured Bloch and Britten
An Uplifting Concert – Malcolm Miller was at the 20th Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition
Ensemble. ‘Back to Bloch’ – Sybil Michelow on the Importance of being Ernest Bloch
Of Bagatelles and Weightier Matters – Julian Jacobson reports on the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition
Ensemble. Immense Promise – Malcolm Miller reports on the recent Israeli and Bloch music competitions
New Contexts – Malcolm Miller reports on a recent Symposium on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
Real Individuality – Julian Jacobson was at the 2010 Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition
Ensemble. Deft Stagecraft and Virtuosity – Bloch and Israeli Music, heard by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. A Sparkling Account – The Kanazawa-Admony Piano Duo pays tribute to Carola Grindea, reviewed by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. Refreshing Contrasts – Malcolm Miller reports from the 2009 BPSE Chamber Music Competition
Ensemble. Complexity of Thought – Eugene Feygelson and Malcolm Troup play Beethoven and Bloch, reviewed by Malcolm Miller
Potential and Achievement – The sixteenth Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition, experienced by Julian Jacobson
Committed and Tough – Malcolm Troup plays Bloch’s Piano Sonata, appreciated by Julian Jacobson
Ensemble. Gloriously Colourful – The British Society of Music Therapy looks back, with Margaret Campbell
Ensemble. Litmus Tests – Malcolm Miller at the fifteenth BPSE Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition
Ensemble. Clarity and Honesty – Malcolm Troup’s recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields, reviewed by Julian Jacobson
Ensemble. An Absorbing Day – Julian Jacobson reports on the fourteenth BPSE Beethoven Intercollegiate (Senior) Piano Competition
Ensemble. Beethoven winners – Malcolm Miller reports on two European competitions
Articles by Malcolm Troup
Malcolm Troup is witness to the manual (four-handed) marriage of two musical missionaries
Malcolm Troup reports on new arrivals from China and Lithuania at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Summer Festival in London
Malcolm Troup reports on the 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s chamber music masterclass, concert and competition
Florian Mitrea at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields
Malcolm Troup has three encounters with the sublime
Malcolm Troup listens to a recital by the all-conquering but still largely unsung pianist Gloria Campaner
Malcolm Troup reports on the BPSE Summer Festival at London’s Regent Hall, where for the first time Music, not consumerism, called the shots
Malcolm Troup hears ‘the art of the piano reborn’ in Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas
The BPSE Late Summer Festival
A BPSE lunchtime recital by Harvey Dagul and Isobel Beyer
Malcolm Troup marvels anew at the artistry of Julian Jacobson
Malcolm Troup was at the BPSE Summer Festival in London
The Matsumoto/Jacobson Duo and The Art of Falconry
No longer one of British music’s best-kept secrets!
A lunchtime recital by Tali Morgulis
Malcolm Troup was at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s annual Summer Festival in London
Malcolm Troup reports from the recent Annual Beethoven Chamber Music (Duos) Masterclass and Competition at London’s Steinway Hall
Julian Jacobson in the first of his orchestral Valentine Extravaganzas
The eerie case of a South-American pianistic ‘revenant’
Malcolm Troup succumbs to the pzazz of the Burov/Miletic Duo
Celebrating London’s multi-ethnic pianism in the elect hands of Ivan Kiwuwa, Mishka Momen and Wu Qian
Nine-year-old Niu Niu’s Wigmore Hall début
Daniel Grimwood at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Mikhail Shilyaev at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Malcolm Troup, one of the judges of the 30th anniversary ‘Gina Bachauer’ International Artists Competition, reports on the recent finals in Salt Lake City
Malcolm Troup was at Qian Wu’s recent London South Bank recital
Malcolm Troup on the recent BPSE chamber music masterclass and competition in London
Marcella Crudeli’s recital at London’s Leighton House
A Tau Wey piano recital
Associate degree, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, 1948. Fellow, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, 1952. Professor (honorary), University Chile, 1966.
Doctor of Philosophy in Music, University York, England, 1968. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Memorial University Newfoundland, 1985. Doctor of Music (honorary), City University, London, 1995.
Concert pianist, worldwide, 1954-1970. Director music Guildhall School of Music & Drama, 1970-1975. Professor music City University, London, 1975-1995, head department, 1975-1993, emeritus professor music, since 1995.
Governor Music Therapy Charity Trust, since 1979. Juror Chopin Competition of Australia, 1988, 1st Dvorak International Piano competition Czech Republic, Rome, 1997, 1st EPTA International Piano competitions Zagreb, 1998, Reykjavik, 2000, Young Musicians of Year, Canadian Broadcasting Company National Talent Competition, Eckhard-Grammate Piano Competition, Canada Council International Jury. Vice president World Piano Competition, London.
Leader international delegation of piano teachers Citizen Ambassador Program People to People, People’s Republic of China, 1995. Board management London International String Quartet Competition. President Oxford International Piano Festival, since 1999.
Member executive committee Anglo-Chilean Society, London, since 1990. Freeman City of London, since 1971. Trustee Jewish Music Institute, since 1991.
Fellow Royal Society Arts. Member Royal Society Musicians, Worshipful Company of Musicians (liveryman, member court assistants since 1973, master 1999), European Piano Teachers Association (chairman since 1978), Beethoven Piano Society Europe (chairman since 1991).
- 1948Royal Conservatory of Music
- 1952Guildhall School of Music & Drama , Fellow
- 1966University Chile , Professor
- 1968University York , Doctor of Philosophy in music
- 1985Memorial University Newfoundland , Doctor of Law
- 1995City University , Doctor of Music
- 1954 – 1970Concert pianist
- 1970 – 1975director music , Guildhall School of Music & Drama
- 1975 – 1995professor music , City UniversityLondon, Mpumalanga, South Africa