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PHILIP L SCOWCROFT was born in Sheffield on 8 June 1933 and educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Admitted a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1959 he worked as such with successive Doncaster local authorities until his retirement in 1993.

A widower, with two grown-up daughters, he has long been in demand to lecture and write about his many interests which, apart from the law, include music, transport history, military history, cricket and detective fiction. His major publications include Cricket in Doncaster (1985), Lines to Doncaster (1986), Singing Together: A Centenary History of the Doncaster Choral Society (1988), Seventy Years of Harmony and Song: A History of The Doncaster Police Choir (1995), British Light Music (1997) and Sidelights on [Dorothy L] Sayers (50 volumes 1981 to date).

He has contributed to over seventy periodical publications on both sides of the Atlantic (most notably the British Music Society newsletter and journal, The Light Music Society's newsletter, Journal into Melody, The journal of The Cricket Society, CADS, Mystery Readers' Journal and the Elgar Society journal) and to several major works of reference including The New Grove (2001 edition), and the Oxford Encyclopedias of Railway History and of Mystery and Crime Writing. He has been a music correspondent for various Doncaster newspapers currently (1981-) Doncaster Free Press.

Since 1964 he has served on the committee of Doncaster Arts and Museum Society (Chairman since 1968), in which capacity he organised major arts festivals in 1966 and 1970 and several other small festivals locally and a long-running and on-going series of lunch-hour concerts at Doncaster Museum and Arts Gallery. He is a member of the Council of the Railway and Canal Historical Society (acting as coordinator of its Road Transport Group) and the committees of the Dorothy L Sayers Society and the Spohr Society of Great Britain. For many years, from 1975, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University (formerly Sheffield City Polytechnic) and has been associated in responsible positions with various charitable bodies.

Philip L Scowcroft

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