James Blades

(1901—1999) percussionist and author

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(b Peterborough, 1901; d Cheam, 1999). Eng. percussion-player. Prin. percussionist LSO 1940. Prof. of timp. and perc. RAM 1960–77. Former member, ECO, Melos Ens., and EOG. Advised Britten on special percussion effects for his church parables, etc. Author of books on perc. instr. and technique. OBE 1972.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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