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Albert Sammons

(1886—1957) violinist and composer


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(b London, 1886; d Southdean, 1957). Eng. violinist, mainly self-taught. Solo début 1906. Heard in 1908 by Beecham while playing in Waldorf Hotel, London, restaurant orch. and became leader of Beecham Orch. Also led orch. of RPS from 1913 and of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1911–13. First vn. of London Str. Qt. 1907–16. Became concert soloist, memorable as interpreter of Elgar conc. Gave f.p. of Delius conc. (ded. to him) 1919. Prof. at RCM. Author of book on technique. In 25-year partnership with the pianist William Murdoch gave f.ps. of many British sonatas, notably Ireland's No.2 (1917). Comp. Phantasy Str. Qt. (winner of Cobbett Prize). CBE 1944.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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