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Paul Webb

[Gough, June Mary]

(b Broken Hill, Feb 26, 1929; d Sydney, Jan 25, 2005). Australian soprano. She won a singing competition in Australia and in 1952 moved to England to further her career, first studying with Dino Borgioli, then joining the Sadler’s Wells Opera company in 1954. She worked with the company through the early 1960s, singing roles that included Norina, the Queen of Night, Papagena, Leïla and Gilda. In 1960 she appeared at Covent Garden in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. She is, however, best known as Hannah Glawari in Die lustige Witwe, and called her autobiography The Merry Bronhill (London, 1987); her voice can be heard in its prime on recordings of this role, in The King and I and Lilac Time, and especially as Sombra in The Arcadians.

She created the major role of Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett in Ronald Millar and Ron Grainer’s Robert and Elizabeth...

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Philip L. Scowcroft

(b Sydney, Sept 26, 1866; d London, Nov 17, 1951). British pianist and composer of Australian birth. He came to London in 1889 after touring as a pianist in Asia and Australasia and appeared as an accompanist in England before concentrating on composition. He also wrote music criticism for The Observer from 1908 to 1918 and later was vice chairman of the Performing Right Society. Until about 1914 his compositions were not aimed at a wide commercial audience: orchestral works were performed by major London orchestras and four operas were staged, including King Harlequin which was produced in Berlin. The watershed between his serious and light music was his collaboration with the composer Bath and the lyricist Basil Hood in a patriotic operetta, Young England, produced in Birmingham in 1916, before transferring to Daly's and then Drury Lane in London. This was the first of several musicals both original and using music, though not exclusively so, by others, like the popular ...

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(b Atherton, Aug 11, 1922; d Cuckfield, Feb 21, 1981). Australian composer, active in England. He studied music in Brisbane and at the Sydney Conservatorium, and then moved to England after World War II. After a period as a rehearsal pianist, he composed the title music for several popular television series including ‘Dr Who’, ‘Steptoe and Son’ and ‘Maigret’. He worked in musical theatre as a conductor and composer and composed the score to Robert and Elizabeth (1964), whose light operatic vein drew on the clear soprano of June Bronhill to great effect. An international success, it was followed by the less-successful On the Level (1966). He later contributed a few theatre songs to the small-scale productions Sing a Rude Song (1970) and Nickleby and Me (1975). His film scores include A Kind of Loving (1962), Station Six Sahara...