Bernard's Music

Dr Bernard Trafford studied music at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar. After teacher training he enjoyed 12 years as a music teacher in state and independent (public and private) senior schools, giving boys’ and mixed choirs performing opportunities in English cathedrals and major concert halls, cathedrals and other venues in Germany, Italy and the American Mid-West. He also founded and for eight years conducted an orchestra based in the English Midlands. After 1990 music was not his main job, but he has always remained musically active, singing, composing and arranging music and playing the trumpet in both classical and jazz styles. 

Bernard's entry for the 2017 BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Programme's Carol Competition, a setting for SATB of the medieval text Sir Christëmas, was shortlisted by experts and declared winner by public vote: it  is published by Banks Music PublicationsRecorded by the girls and men of Ely Cathedral Choir on the 2018 CD An Ely Christmas, it is called it "instantly-memorable", while a review in Cathedral Music Magazine described it as "a jolly and skilful unaccompanied essay in calypso style which succeeds in banishing the ghost of Mathias's familiar version."

June/July 2012 saw performances of Bernard's major work for the stage, the musical Flotsam. Click on the appropriate left-hand link to find out more: also for details of his Choral Music and of his passion for jazz.