Reynolds, Alfred (Charles)
- Philip L. Scowcroft
(b Liverpool, Aug 15, 1884; d Bognor Regis, Oct 18, 1969). English composer and conductor. He studied with Humperdinck in Berlin (1904–10) before returning to England to a career in the musical theatre, at that time being reckoned the youngest opera conductor in England. He soon began composing significant incidental music, and took up the post of musical director at Nigel Playfair's Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith (1923–32); he worked in other theatres and for the BBC both before and after World War II. Reynolds was primarily a composer for the theatre. However, he also wrote a handful of independent orchestral and instrumental pieces and some 40 separate songs, ranging from cabaret ditties to Five Centuries of Love. These show his talent for pastiche, something he put to good use in his refurbishments with music of his own of 18th-century stage works by Arne, Dibdin, Linley and others. ...