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Leslie Woodgate (Choral Conductor)

Born: April 5, 1900 - London, England
Died: May 18, 1961

The English choral conductor, Hubert Leslie Woodgate, studied in Westminster and at the Royal College Academy of Music.

Leslie Woodgate was BBC Chorus Master (BBC Singers) from 1934. His energy and outstanding attention to detail making him one of the foremost choral trainers in the country. During the 1930's he was also Musical Director to the London and North Eastern Railway Musical Society which had several (male voice) choruses scattered throughout its area which covered Eastern England and Scotland and which annually combined in London for a concert under his direction. He conducted several provincial choral societies, such as Leicester Philharmonic Society (from 1940), Huddersfield and Selby, and much adjudication at festivals. He appeared at the Henry Wood Proms in 1946 conducting the BBC Singers in William Walton's Where does the Uttered Music Go?

Compositions: Hymn to the Virgin & The White Island (Carnegie Award 1923), String Quartet (Song of the North), Songs & Choral Works, Organ Solos, Puffin Song Book, Penguin Song Book; Penguin Part-Song Book, Oratorio Simon Peter, Orchestral Fantasia on Songs of London Town.

Publications: The. Chorus Master, The Choral Conductor.

Leslie Woodgate was honoured with QBE and was honoured Associate of the Royal College of Music. He was married with Lena Mason and had one son.

 

Source: International Who's Who in Music & Musicians' Directory (4th Edition, 1962); MusicWeb (by Philip L. Scowcroft)
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Aryeh Oron (November 2005)

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Chorus Master & Composer: Leslie Woodgate by Philip Scowcroft (MusicWeb)

Humphrey Searle: Memoirs - Quadrille with a Raven: (MusicWeb)

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