Conductor - Antonín Tučapský

tucapsky.jpg member of PSMU - was born on 27th March 1928 in Opatovice near Vyškov. After graduating at the Teachers College in Valašské Meziříčí he studied music education and musical science at the Pedagogical Faculty in Ostrava. In 1949 he entered the PSMU. After University studies he teaches at pedagogical schools in Kroměříž and Nový Jičín and later at the Pedagogical Faculty in Ostrava. In 1962 he stood for the first time before the PSMU as conductor at concert in Vyškov. After the death of Jan Šoupal in November 1964 Tučapský became the choir-master of the PSMU. During his conductor period he enriched the repertoire with a number of contemporary works: the whole coral cycle "Polnice slávy" ( The Bugle of Glory ) by Jan Seidel, or Kučera's Modrá planeta ( The Blue Planet ) as well as by his own compositions.
In 1972, on a direct impulse of the Communist Party regional committee in Ostrava he was removed from his post of university teacher and was forced to leave the PSMU. Any musical activity was made impossible for him. After two years' work as construction worker and warehouseman he emigrated to Great Britain, where he soon became professor of musical theory at the Trinity College in London. As the first Czech he was named a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.
In Britain he works mainly as composer. He wrote over 300 compositions that are performed in many countries. He is also author of a comprehensive work "Janáček's Male-Voice Choral Works and Their Interpretational Tradition" published in 1971. In 1996 he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of the Brno University, and at the day of his 70th birthday in 1998 the Honorary citizenship of the town of Vyškov.

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