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date: 20 October 2019

Lloyd, George (Walter Selwyn )locked

  • Lewis Foreman

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(Walter Selwyn )

(b St Ives, Cornwall, June 28, 1913; d London, July 3, 1998). English composer and conductor. He studied at the Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and his teachers included William Lovelock and Harry Farjeon. His first success came in 1932 when he conducted his First Symphony with the Penzance Orchestral Society; the work was performed again the following year with the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra. The Second Symphony (1933) and a canon for orchestra, since destroyed, were heard in Eastbourne in 1934. His father, who had encouraged him to write operas, became his librettist and their opera Iernin (1933–4), on a Cornish legend, was produced in Penzance in November 1934. Frank Howes, music critic for The Times, hailed the work as ‘spontaneous, melodious and dramatic’. The New English Opera Company was established to stage Iernin at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for three weeks, the third longest run in British operatic history. Impressed by the opera, John Ireland recommended Lloyd’s Third Symphony (...

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