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date: 17 October 2019

Read, Ernestlocked

  • Lynda MacGregor


(b Guildford, Feb 22, 1879; d London, Oct 9, 1965). English educationist. At the RAM he studied the piano with Matthay and conducting with Henry Wood (1896–1906); he also made a close study of eurhythmics, working under Jaques-Dalcroze (1912–13, 1920–21), becoming director of the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and, later, chairman of the Dalcroze Society (1943–65). He was principal of the Watford School of Music (1913–20), lecturer and professor in conducting and aural training at the RAM (1919–50) and a member of its management committee (1924–44), a founder council member of the Northern School of Music (1943–65) and president of the Music Teachers' Association (1943–65).

Read was a pioneer of the youth orchestra movement, founding the London Junior and Senior Orchestras (1926, 1931), a choir (1943), the Ernest Read Children's Concerts (...

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