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Arthur Dennington

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Arthur Dennington (12 August 1904 – 16 May 1988) was a British conductor and composer.[1]

Arthur Dennington was born in London. He studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the King's College London.[2] After his studies he started to conduct several small orchestral groups in various institutes and schools in Northern London. In 1931 Arthur Dennington combined these different ensembles and formed the Modern Symphony Orchestra.

The name 'Modern' was agreed on to indicate that this was to be something new in the way of amateur orchestras, to attempt little known works and to encourage young wind players.[3]

For the next 44 years, until 1975, Arthur Dennington was the main conductor of the Modern Symphony Orchestra which took an important part in the orchestral landscape of London.

Many a composer, famous and unknown, has had cause for many years to be grateful to Arthur Dennington and his brave band for rehearsing and performing their works. (Burnett James, music critic)[4]

During his years with the Modern Symphony Orchestra Arthur Dennington conducted several world and English premieres of compositions, for example the world premieres of the Horn and Violin concertos by Ruth Gipps, or the English premieres of the Symphonie concertante by Frank Martin, the Guitar concerto by Stephen Dodgson or the first public performance of the Piano concerto by Alan Bush.[5]

Arthur Dennington also recorded several LPs with little known orchestral repertoire for the Rare Recorded Editions label, for example four volumes of ouvertures by Daniel Auber.

In 1981 Arthur Dennington received an Honorary Fellowship of the Polytechnic Northern London University.[3]

Besides his work as a conductor of the Modern Symphony Orchestra Arthur Dennington was also a composer and created several chamber and orchestral works,[2] for example a String quartet.[6] He died in Walmer, aged 83.

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  1. ^ Obituary index : 1988 obituary index, Notes (Music Library Association), 1989, page 723
  2. ^ a b Townend, Peter (1962): Who's Who in Music: and musicians' international directory. London: Burke's Peerage. OCLC 733096859.
  3. ^ a b article in the Polytechnic of North London University house journal „Pipeline“ from January 1982 (no. 27)
  4. ^ interview between music critic Burnett James and pianist Joyce Hatto in June 1973, see:
  5. ^ Annual Reports of the Polytechnic of North London University
  6. ^ archive of the manuscript, see: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2015-07-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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