Boyd Neel

(1905—1981) conductor and medical practitioner

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(b Blackheath, 1905; d Toronto, 1981).

Eng.‐born conductor (Canadian cit. 1961). Qualified as naval officer and doctor of medicine, but turned to mus., founding Boyd Neel Str. Orch. 1933 which rapidly achieved an int. reputation for its perfs. of Eng. and other mus. for str., notably of the baroque era, which was at that time rarely played with chamber forces. Played at Salzburg Fest. 1937, giving f. public p. of Britten's specially commissioned Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. Cond. Robert Mayer Children's Concerts 1946–52. Dean of Toronto Royal Cons., 1953–70. Cond., Mississauga SO 1971–8. Boyd Neel Orch. renamed Philomusica of London 1957. CBE 1953.

Subjects: Music.

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