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Berkeley, Lennox Randal, Sir

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1989 AD, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers


1903 - Born on the 12th of May in Boars Hill, Oxfordshire, SC England. English composer.

         - Educated at Gresham's School and Merton College, Oxford.

1927 - He studied at Oxford and with Boulanger in Paris, where he met Stravinsky and became friendly with Poulenc.

         - Worked for the BBC during the Second World War, and became president of the Performing Rights Society.

1928 - He became a Roman Catholic.

1936 - Met Britten at ISCM Festival in Barcelona.

1942 - He worked for the BBC and taught at the RAM.

1946-1968 - Appointed Chairman of Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

         - His official op.1 dates from after he was 30, but his output is large, including a full-length opera (Nelson), three one-acters (including the comedy A Dinner Engagement), four symphonies, sacred music (Missa brevis with organ), songs (Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila for contralto and strings; Five Auden Poems with piano), chamber and piano music.

1973 - His 'Voices of the Night', have won him wide recognition for their combination of technical refinement with lyrically emotional appeal.

1974 - He was knighted for Services to Music.

1977-1983 - Served as President of Cheltenham Festival.

1989 - Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley died on 26th of December.


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