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date: 25 May 2020

Waddington, Geoffrey locked

  • T. Brown

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(b Leicester, Sept 23, 1904; d Toronto, Jan 3, 1966). Canadian conductor, violinist and music administrator . He was the pioneer of music broadcasting in Canada. He began to study the violin at the age of seven in Lethbridge, Alberta, where his family had settled in 1907. In 1921 he toured Canada as a soloist, then studied with Healey Willan, Luigi von Kunitz and Leo Smith at the Toronto Conservatory. From 1922 to 1926 he taught there and was a member of the Toronto SO. In 1925 he was appointed music director of the Toronto radio station CKNC, and in 1933 became music director of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, forerunner of the CBC. Through hundreds of broadcasts he had become the most widely known conductor in Canada, and from 1936 he pursued a freelance career.

In 1947 he was appointed music adviser to the CBC and organized the CBC Opera Company. As CBC director of music from ...

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