John Lanchbery


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(b London, 15 May 1923; d 27 Feb. 2003)

British conductor and composer. He was musical director of the Metropolitan Ballet (1947–9) and in 1951 joined Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, becoming principal conductor of the Royal Ballet in 1960. Between 1972 and 1978 he was musical director of Australian Ballet, after which he moved to American Ballet Theatre (1978–80). He then worked freelance, as musical arranger and conductor for ballet companies world-wide. His musical arrangements include the scores for MacMillan's Mayerling (1978), Ashton's La Fille mal gardée (1960), The Dream (1964), and A Month in the Country (1976)—all for the Royal Ballet; Nureyev's Don Quixote (Australian Ballet, 1966) and La Bayadère (Paris Opera, 1991), Hynd's The Merry Widow (Australian Ballet, 1975), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Houston Ballet, 1988), and Stevenson's The Snow Maiden (Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, 1998). He composed the scores for several films, including Ross's The Turning Point (1977).

Subjects: Dance — Music.

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