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George Ogilvie B Kinnear Professor of Music1

M, #18281, b. 1923, d. 27 July 2020
Last Edited: 2 Apr 2022


Father*: David Kinnear tailor & clothier1 b. 19 Feb 1870, d. 3 Apr 1950
Mother*: Christina Ogilvie Brown tailoress1 b. 6 Jun 1894, d. 1976
2nd cousin 2 times removed of Patricia Catherine Adamson
  • Birth*: George Ogilvie B Kinnear Professor of Music was born in 1923 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, .1,2
  • He was the son of David Kinnear tailor & clothier and Christina Ogilvie Brown tailoress.1
  • Obituary*: The obituary of George Ogilvie B Kinnear Professor of Music was was published on 27 July 2020. Trinity Laban Alumni
    27 July 2020
    It is with much sadness that we share the news that longtime TCM professor George Kinnear has passed away.
    George studied at the RCM in the 1950s and taught piano and second year aural training at TCM for many years. He remained a close friend of Trinity Laban after he retired and is fondly remembered by many alumni.
    George was also involved with TCM Guild and was a senior examiner for TCL.
    Our thoughts and sympathise are with George's family and friends.

    Lesley Anne Knight
    So sorry to hear this news, he is fondly remembered. Always immaculately turned out and such a gentleman. My sincere condolences to his family Xx (1981-86)
    Pat Daniels
    So sad, such a lovely man. Encountered him about 10 years ago and he didn’t look a day older than he did in the 70’s
    Joseph Lee
    Grateful for this man! Kindness always, a gentleman forever! (1987-1990)
    Paul Michael Hughes
    I’m very sorry to hear this. George was such a gentle and kind man. We poked gentle fun at his delightful, soft Scottish accent when the differentiation between something in the key of E or A wasn’t always obvious!
    Catherine Denley
    Sad news indeed. He was a kind and colourful part of our college lives in the 70s. Always very smartly dressed. We used to joke in ear-training that he’d say ‘in the key of E .. E for Arthur’
    Simon Patrick James
    Sad news, George taught me aural including preparation for the dreaded 3rd year aural exams and I remember him well - bow ties forever!
    Jane Findlay
    Very sad news. He was my teacher from 1987-1990 ??
    Joanna Estall
    Peter Robinson
    Great memories of George, a very generous man.Lovely man. Remembered fondly.3
  • Newspaper Article*: He was mentioned in a newspaper article in 1966.4
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article in 1969.4
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article in 1973.4
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article in 1986.4
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article in 1987.5
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article in 1989.5
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article George Kinnear Piano & Conducting 1954
    On leaving Guildhall School, George Kinnear undertook freelance work as accompanist and conductor and was engaged in both capacities by the then ILEA and other organisations.
    In 1961, he was invited to join the professorial staff at Trinity College of Music, London, where he became a most active and valued member serving on a number of committees – often as chairman – in addition to his work teaching piano and lecturing on the Principles of Piano Teaching. He was elected to be the first chairman of the newly formed Inter Faculty Council.
    In 1972 he was asked to take charge of all second year Aural Training Classes. In the same year he was invited to join the panel of examiners, eventually becoming a senior examiner undertaking the training of new examiners.
    Prior to his retirement from the College, he was involved, along with the then Chief Examiner, in assessing the entire panel of examiners. Also in 1972, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the College (HonFTCL) in recognition of his work for the College, but also for the influence he exerted in musical education elsewhere through lectures seminars etc., in places as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.
    George was appointed a Principal Lecturer in 1979.
    In addition to the above, in the late 1960’s he was asked to become a part-time member of staff in the music department at the University of London, Goldsmith’s College, and for a short period of time acted as music editor for the music publishers Ascherberg, Hopwood and Crew.
    George speaks warmly of his years at the Guildhall School and still visits the School for various events – particularly the opera performances. in 2007.6


  1. [S40] From BM [Apr 2022].
  2. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), Statutory Birth 1923 Dundee St Andrew ref 282/3 208 no image held [Apr 2022].
  3. [S61] Website Facebook (www.facebook.com) https://www.facebook.com/1415997151963973/posts/it-is-with-much-sadness-that-we-share-the-news-that-longtime-tcm-professor-georg/2712509825646026/ [Apr 2022].
  4. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Newspapers Collections [Mar 2022].
  5. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Newspapers Collections [Apr 2022].
  6. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.)
    Guildhall School Newsletter
    https://www.gsmd.ac.uk › Staff › Alumni_Office
    PDF [Apr 2022].