The Master Story Teller: Sir George Lowthian Trevelyan 4th Baronet, Visionary

Sir George Lowthian Trevelyan 4th Baronet, Visionary

Sir George Lowthian Trevelyan 4th Baronet, Visionary

It was also through Paul Solomon that I had the blessing of meeting Sir George Trevelyan, Founder of The Wrekin Trust. Sir George was highly intelligent, a magnificent speaker and reciter of poetry, an author and a visionary.

Sir George, like Paul, was a spiritual alchemist and a master story teller, who would hold his audiences spell bound as he melted and inspired even the hardest of hearts and minds with his natural charisma and oratory abilities.

I once said to him, “I know that I can produce the same result within myself and my audiences as I see you achieving with your words and poems, but I do it with song and I have not yet learned how to do this with the spoken word.” He asked me to first explain to him my approach to singing?

I replied: “I have trained myself to look at every word or sentence before me, or in my mind I make it come alive in my thinking. Bring it to my heart so that it has spirit, and then bath it with feelings, making it my own, then I give it as a living inspiration to my audience, allowing them the space to impregnate themselves with my genuine inspiration and enjoyment, then in part, it becomes their own.

“So, Sir George, would you now please tell me, what it is that you are clearly requiring of yourself that gives you this magnificent ability to transform your listener?”

“It’s a good question my boy”, came the response. “I actually use a similar process to the one that you have just described. Long ago, I said to myself; George, you must train yourself to never, never speak anything but the living word and to not be afraid of the silence. I then, like you, make each word come alive within myself before I deliver it.”

Thanks to Sir George, I then understood much more clearly my own experiences as a singer and what needed to be done to improve upon those skills in my life.

Left to right, Sir George Trevelyan, Dr Paul Solomon, Tamo-san and John Christian.

Left to right, Sir George Trevelyan, Dr Paul Solomon, Tamo-san and John Christian.

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