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date: 14 October 2019

Harrison, Julius (Allan Greenway)locked

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(Allan Greenway)

(b Stourport, March 26, 1885; d Harpenden, April 5, 1963). English composer and conductor. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Hartlebury, and with Bantock at the Birmingham and Midland Institute School of Music. His cantata Cleopatra won the 1908 Norwich Festival composition prize, but for 30 years conducting took priority over composition. In 1913 the Covent Garden Syndicate sent him to Paris to rehearse Wagner operas for Nikisch and Weingartner. Building on this experience, he became a fine Wagner conductor, especially for the Beecham Opera Company (1915–19). With Ronald he directed the Scottish Orchestra (1920–23) and then returned to work for Beecham as principal conductor of the British National Opera Company (1922–4). He was Director of Opera at the RAM (1924–9) and from 1930 to 1939 conducted the Hastings Municipal Orchestra, raising the standard to rival that of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra. His conducting career was brought to an end by the onset of deafness and by the wartime demise of the Hastings Municipal Orchestra. Thereafter he was able to give all his time to composition. Much vocal music and the once popular ...

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