My brother, Tim Briggs, who died at the age of 62 from a brief illness, lived a full and busy life as a librarian, teacher and musician. He has performed and often directed countless events and musical performances.
Born in Solihull, West Midlands, Tim was the eldest son of Helen (née Fryer) and Dennis Briggs, both teachers from working class backgrounds. With our sister, Mary, we grew up in books and encouraged academically and musically. In the early 1960s we moved to Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, where our father taught at a teacher training college, but was often at our maternal grandparents’ home in Painswick, a Gloucestershire town that Tim loved all over. the life.
In North Bromsgrove High School, Tim was among the first of the full generation, his years being highlighted by ambitious musical productions that inspired his career.
He studied history at Queen’s College Oxford, graduating in 1981, and after working as a library assistant at Warwick University trained as a librarian at Loughborough University (1983), a natural step for someone who designed their own library system as a child .
He then ran mobile libraries in Hertfordshire (1983-86) and worked as a librarian for Corsham and Box, Wiltshire (1986-90). During these years he has been active in many musical productions, including a Jacques Brel themed show in Edinburgh in 1983.
In 1990 he moved to Cornwall to work as library coordinator for Barnicoats, Penryn, and was involved in musical events with companies including the Penryn Community Theater, Panto in the Pub, Carnon Downs theater group, Chacewater Players, Carharrack Players and Playrite Theater. Sometimes he was “just” the pianist, often the musical director.
In 1994 Tim retrained as a teacher, teaching music at St Francis Church of England School, Falmouth (1996-2002), Falmouth Community School (2003-2005), including one day a week for Cornwall County Music Service, Chesham Park College, Buckinghamshire (2005-07), Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, where he was Head of Music (2007-14), and Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester (2014-20).
Engaged in extracurricular musical activities, he encouraged young artists through his professionalism and talent, as well as his calm kindness and humor. He was always available and involved, whether for a musical, a charity run or just to be a Gruffalo or a turnip for his grandchildren.
A member of the Hereford Chamber Choir from 2014 until retirement in 2020, Tim then settled in Plymouth and joined choral groups there, performing NHS the Musical at the city’s Theater Royal in 2021.
From his first marriage, with Maureen Stevens, he had two daughters, Kate and Harriet. That marriage ended in divorce, as did his second one, with Julia Murray. His daughters, four grandchildren, Mary and me survive.