Wrote a widely regarded symphony in G major in 1937 and more than 50 pieces of liturgy for the Church of England.
He became a member of the Royal Fusiliers in 1914, but was sent home after experiencing shell-shock in 1916. He then signed up with the Royal Air Force and joined its military bands.
He was the winner of the Mendelssohn Scholarship for music in 1905. He was knighted in 1941 and named a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1953.
His son became the famous physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson, and his grandchildren would gain acclaim as science historian George Dyson and business genius Esther Dyson.
His work was heavily influenced by that of Jean Sibelius.