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Frederic Curzon (4 September 1899 – 6 December 1973) was an English composer, conductor and musician.

Frederic Curzon (1899-1973) was mainly a composer for the theatre. He was born in London in 1899, and died at Bournemouth in 1973. Curzon had a life largely associated with music - besides composing, he conducted and was both a pianist and a noted organist. His early life was largely in the theatre, where he was musical director in several London West End theatres. In 1938, he moved to the radio. The music he wrote was mainly of the English light music genre, but he also wrote for films, radio and the theatre.WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: The St' Andrew's Band Club playing, Curzon's suite during it's annual concert in honour of St' Andrew patron saint of Luqa (Malta). Due to the 10min restriction on YouTube the piece had to be reduced to 09:56 from it's original 12min. MusicWeb Bio

Walter Collins, British composer

Walter Roland Collins, British composer and arranger, born 1891. Popular around mid 20th century as a composer of light orchestral miniatures with intriguing titles. Apart from the Four Cornish Dances, which pre-date those by Malcolm Arnold and which finish with a setting of the Helston Floral Dance, those Collins works are in single movements. Such as his Cumberland Green, Rat-a-Tat Polka, Strings in the Wood, Vabe Capricietto. Holiday Parade, The Persistent Serenade, In the Cloisters and the marches Olympia, Devil May Care and Paper Hats and Wood Swords.

 VIDEO: Strings In The Mood · London Promenade Orchestra · Walter Collins The Golden Age of Light Music: The Composer Conducts - Vol. 2 ℗ 2011 Guild Light Music 

Anthony Collins, British composer film scores and light music

Anthony Collins (3 September 1893 – 11 December 1963) Anthony Vincent Benedictus Collins was born in Hastings, East Sussex in 1893. At the age of seventeen he began to perform as violinist in the Hastings Municipal Orchestra. He then served four years in the army. Beginning in 1920 he studied violin with Achille Rivarde and composition with Gustav Holst at the Royal College of Music. In 1926, he began his musical career performing as principal viola in the London Symphony Orchestra. For ten years he performed in that orchestra and also in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra. He resigned these positions in 1936. For the rest of his career he divided his time between conducting, beginning with opera and moving to orchestra; and composition. His conducting debut was on 20 January 1938, when he led his former colleagues in the London Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's 1st symphony, and the following year he founded the London Mozart Orchestra. He moved to the United States in 1939 to conduct orchestras in Los Angeles and New York as well as composing film music for RKO Pictures. He was nominated for three Academy Awards for best music and original score in three consecutive years (1940–1942) for Nurse Edith Cavell, Irene and Sunny. He returned to England in 1945, continuing to conduct the major British orchestras and also compose for British film studios. He retired at the end of the 1950s, returning to Los Angeles, where he died at the age of 70 in 1963. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: "Vanity Fair" is a delightful example of British Light Music and was written by Anthony Collins, a composer of many film scores, as well as a recording artist who conducted the first cycle of Sibelius's symphonies for Decca in the 1950s. This enchanting piece is conducted by another veteran of British Light Music, the composer Ernest Tomlinson (from a 'Marco Polo' CD.)

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