Tony Hymas

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Tony Hymas
Born (1943-09-23) 23 September 1943 (age 75)
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards
Associated acts PhD

Anthony James Keith "Tony" Hymas is an English keyboard player, pianist, and composer.

Composer person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition

A composer is a musician who is an author of music in any form, including vocal music, instrumental music, electronic music, and music which combines multiple forms. A composer may create music in any music genre, including, for example, classical music, musical theatre, blues, folk music, jazz, and popular music. Composers often express their works in a written musical score using musical notation.


Hymas started as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his contemporaries included composer and cathedral organist Barry Ferguson, and singer and pianist Roger Cleverdon. After leaving school, Hymas studied piano with Harold Rubens at the Royal Academy of Music. As company pianist for the Ballet Rambert in its resurgent 'modern' form, Hymas wrote a substitute score for Glen Tetley's Rag Dances over the course of eight days. After his employment at Rambert, Hymas found work in the busy London session scene of the 1970s.

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Exeter Cathedral Church in Devon, United Kingdom

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In 1980, Hymas and Beck's drummer Simon Philips hired Scottish singer Jim Diamond for the trio Ph.D.. The band had a Top 10 hit in the UK with the song "I Won't Let You Down" in 1982, but disbanded a year later after poor sales of their subsequent singles and Diamond's decision to return to his solo career. He also plays keyboards and synthethizers on Jeff Beck's 1989 album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop. Hymas continued to collaborate with Diamond on his solo projects; the duo released a third Ph.D. album in 2009 entitled Three and remained active until Diamond's death in 2015.

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Jim Diamond (singer) British singer

James Aaron Diamond was a Scottish singer-songwriter, best known for his three Top 5 hits: "I Won't Let You Down" (1982), as the lead singer of PhD; and his solo performances "I Should Have Known Better", a United Kingdom No. 1 in 1984, and "Hi Ho Silver", the theme song from Boon, which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1986.

Ph.D. (band) British band

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His albums include De l'origine du Monde (2010), Chroniques de resistance (2013), Hope Street (Nato), and I Will Not Take 'But' for an Answer (2010) with the band Ursus Minor. In 2016, he recorded Tony Hymas joue Léo Ferré, an album of piano transcriptions of songs by Léo Ferré,.

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  1. Katz, Larry (19 March 1999). "THE JEFF BECK BULLETIN ISSUE #6". Retrieved 7 January 2019. That somebody was Tony Hymas, Beck's longtime keyboardist. Hymas had written a bunch of tunes, many of which ended up on Who Else!, mixing unusual time signatures, offbeat rhythms, jazz and world beat flavors with rock. In turn, Beck introduced Hymas to a new style he wanted to explore: electronic dance music.