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     Alwyn, William (7th November 1905-11th September 1985)

    He was a composer, conductor, poet, artist and teacher born in Northampton, England.  He started to be interested in music from a young age and learned the piccolo before entering the Royal Academy of Music on scholarships when he was fifteen to study composition and flute.  He became a virtuoso flautist and was employed by the London Symphony Orchestra as their principal flute.  In 1926 he accepted the position of Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music and he would stay there until 1955.  Among his honours were the Collard Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, fellowships from the British Film Academy, Royal Academy of Music and the International Poetry Society, and he was awarded the C.B.E. by Queen Elizabeth II in 1978.  A contemporary of Britten, Tippett & Walton, he was a prolific composer of classical and film music and would write many pieces that include five symphonies, concertos, string quartets and four operas, and in the movies he wrote the scores for 60 films that included The Fallen Idol, Swiss Family Robinson, Carve Her Name With Pride, Odd Man Out and The History of Mr. Polly, and around 150 documentaries.  He lived in the county of Suffolk in England and in 1985 he died in Southwold there when he was 79 years old.  His wife was the composer Doreen Carwithen.

     

    Autumn Legend for English Horn and String Orchestra recordings

    City of London Sinfonia / Richard Hickox ; Nicholas Daniel - English Horn - Chandos 0 95115 90652 1

     

    Desert Victory - Suite recordings

    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Rumon Gamba - Chandos CHAN 9959

     

    Lyra Angelica - Concert for Harp and Orchestra recordings

    City of London Sinfonia/ Hickox/ Masters - Chandos 9065

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - David Lloyd-Jones; Suzanne Willison, harp - Naxos 8.557647

     

    Pastoral Fantasia for Viola and String Orchestra recordings

    City of London Sinfonia - Hickox, Steven Tees, viola - Chandos 9065

     

    Sonata for Oboe and Piano recordings

    Nicholas Daniel, oboe, Julius Drake, piano - Chandos 9197

     

    Suite of Scottish Dances recordings

    Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Gavin Sutherland - ASV CD WHL 2116

     

    Symphony No. 2 recordings

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - David Lloyd-Jones - Naxos 8.557647

     

    Symphony No. 5 - Hydriotaphia recordings

    London Symphony Orchestra - Richard Hickox - Chandos CHAN 9196

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - David Lloyd-Jones - Naxos 8.557647

     

     

    Sources:

    1.   http://www.musicweb.uk.net/alwyn/biog.htm

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Alwyn
    2. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005944/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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