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Alfred Deller, 100 years on, and what a lot has changed.

 

Alfred Deller was born on May 31, 1912 in the seaside town of Margate, in Kent, England and died on July 16, 1979 while on holiday in Bologna, Italy.

 Alfred Deller can truly be called a pioneer of early music, developing his own voice and taking it to the public sphere in the face [...]

Gustav Holst’s 1911 revival of Purcell’s “Fairy Queen”

 

Surprisingly, it was Gustav Holst, the composer of The Planets, who conducted the first modern performance of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in 1911.

His longstanding friend and fellow composer Ralph Vaughan Williams introduced every number, and this lecture-concert was given by amateurs from London’s Morley College [for Working Men and Women], rather than some top-notch orchestra with a professional [...]