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Stanford Robinson (Conductor)

Born: July 5, 1904 - Leeds, England
Died: October 25, 1984 - Brighton, England

The English conductor, Stanford Robinson, studied with Adrian Boult at the Royal College of Music in London.

Stanford Robinson began his career on the staff of the BBC in London. His first wireless appearance, when he was still less than twenty years old, was when he conducted the Wireless Orchestra in March 1924. The same year he organised its Wireless Chorus in 1924, and later he also founded the and the BBC National Chorus. After conducting other BBC choral groups, he served as conductor of the BBC Theatre Orchestra from 1932 to 1946). In this post he was responsible for studio opera and made many distinguished radio and TV broadcasts and recordings. He made his Covent Garden début in 1937 and appeared in several other venues at home and abroad. Later he was associate conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1946-1949), conductor of the BBC Opera Orchestra for broadcasting symphonic music (1949-1952), and a BBC staff conductor (1952-1966). In 1968-1969 he was chief conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia.

Stanford Robinson was also a composer of light music, his main claim to fame must be his major contribution to the BBCs musical reputation. In 1972 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Source: Bakers Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Divine Art Website; The Wireless Works Website
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Aryeh Oron (June 2006)

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