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date: 14 December 2019

Ross, Hugh (Cuthbert Melville)locked

  • Margaret Doutt
  • , revised by Richard R. Bunbury

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(Cuthbert Melville)

(b Langport, UK, Aug 21, 1898; d New York, Jan 20, 1990). American choral conductor and organist, born in England. He attended the Royal College of Music (FRCM 1915) and New College, Oxford (BA 1918, DMus 1921), and also studied conducting with William Mengleberg and composition with Vaughan Williams. In 1921 he began his conducting career, directing orchestral and operatic works in London and Oxford, then moved to Canada to serve as director of the Winnipeg Male Voice Choir and organist and choirmaster at Holy Trinity Church. A year later he founded the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and in 1923 the Winnipeg Orchestra. In 1927 he moved to New York to conduct the Schola Cantorum, which served as the principal chorus for the New York Philharmonic; he held the post until the choir’s final concert in 1971. He guest conducted numerous orchestras in the Americas and Europe. From ...

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