Tributes to a Monty Python composer

Tributes to a Monty Python composer


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2016

We have been notified of the death of Fred Tomlinson, a very active session singer and a strong member of Equity’s Concert & Session Singers Committee, working with John Noble, Les Fyson, Meryl Dickenson, Edgar Fleet, Terry Edwards and others. As leader of the Fred Tomlinson Singers, he provided vocals for the Two Ronnies and other TV shows.

He also made a major impact as Chairman of the Peter Warlock Society for about 25 years, and author of several books about this oddest of English composers.

Fred’s funeral will be next Wednesday at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, HA4 7SJ at 1.15pm.

peter warlock

Among other unsung triumphs, we learn that he wrote the lumberjack song for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.


  • Harold Lewis says:

    By ‘Meryl Dickenson’ do you mean the mezzo-soprano Meriel Dickinson?

  • Anne O'Neal says:

    Was Monty Python’s Flying Circus one of the television shows referred to in the article?

    • Frederick West says:

      Indeed, I believe he wrote some of their songs including the Lumberjack Song. He’s the one singing the verses to Bold Sir John in that priceless Two Ronnies Morris dancing sketch