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Right: detail of Richard Armstrong autograph

                                              

Sir Richard Armstrong - born 1943, British conductor. He was Music Director of Welsh National Opera in the 1970s, and later the Music Director of Scottish Opera; he has frequently conducted the Royal Opera, and concerts at the BBC Proms. He was knighted in 2004 - 7 x 5 inches (18 x 13 cm) autographed photo, with a short message and a further autograph on reverse. £20

 

 

 

 

   

Lionel Bart - 1930-1999, British writer and composer of musicals and pop music, best known for writing the book, the lyrics and the music of the musical Oliver!. Other musicals include Blitz!, Maggie May, Fings Aint Wot They Used T'Be and Twang!. Among many other compositions he wrote the pop song Living Doll, and the theme tune for the Bond film From Russia with Love - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card. £25      

 

 

 

   

  

  

         

 

above: detail of Thomas Beecham autograph

Sir Thomas Beecham - 1879-1961; British conductor and impressario whose larger-than-life character and wit gave rise to a huge number of anecdotes. With a vast career spanning the first half of the twentieth century, he is best remembered for his performances and recordings of opera - autograph on 5 x 3.5 inches (12.5 x 9 cm) page from autograph book, with a picture snipped from a magazine stck below it. £40

 

 

 

 

      

Adrian Boult - 1889-1983, British conductor who established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and later conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the LSO and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and was a great champion of British composers, conducting the world-premier of Holst's The Planets - autograph snipped from letter or autograph book pasted to 4.25 x 3.5 inches (11 x 9 cm) slightly worn page from autograph book. £25    

   

  

  

  

            

 

 

    

 

above: detail of John Copley autograph

John Copley - born 1933, British opera director. He was initially an actor and then became stage manager at Sadlers Wells. In 1972 he became Resident Producer for the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, and created 15 new productions for them, most famously La Boheme (his favourite opera) in 1974 - 6.5 x 4.75 inches (16.5 x 12 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, John Copley". £20

 

 

 

 

    

Carl Davis - born 1936, American-born conductor and composer, living in the UK since 1961; conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a prolific composer of film and TV music - 4.5 x 6.25 inches (11.5 x 16 cm) autographed photo, signed in firm blue biro. £20             

   

  

 

  

  

 

Christoph von Dohnanyi - born 1929, German conductor; in 1957 he became General Director of Lubeck Opera, and later of Frankfurt Opera. His great fame came as Conductor and then Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra, which some considered the finest American orchestra at that time. Amongst other appointments, in 1994 he became principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed publicity photo from Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra. £30           

 

 

 

  

  

         

Lionel Friend - born 1945, British conductor, especially of opera, conducting regularly at Glyndebourne and English National Opera - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo. £16  

   

 

above: detail of Lionel Friend autograph

     

   

  

 

    

   

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos - born 1933, Spanish conductor; conducted the Bilbao Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra, currently music director of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra - autograph in blue biro on 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) white postcard. £10    

   

 

  

  

  

        

Edward German - 1862-1936, British composer who finished Sir Arthur Sullivan's opera The Emerald Isle, and composed operettas and musical comedies including Merrie England, A Princess of Kensington and Tom Jones - autograph on 4.5 x 3.5 inches (11 x 9 cm) round-cornered card, signed: "With kind wishes: Edward German, Oct 6th 1925". £40   [ref: EG1] 

    

  

 

  

  

 

Edward German - 1862-1936, British composer who finished Sir Arthur Sullivan's opera The Emerald Isle, and composed operettas and musical comedies including Merrie England, A Princess of Kensington and Tom Jones - autograph on 4.5 x 3.50 inches (11 x 9 cm) part of his addressed notepaper, signed: "With kind wishes: Edward German". £35   [ref: EG2]     

 

 

 

 

  

 

Isidore Godfrey - 1900-1977, British conductor; he joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1925 as chorus-master, and in 1929 became its musical director, a post he held until he retired in 1968, returning occassionally between bouts of ill-health as a guest conductor, until 1975. - autograph on 4.5 x 3.75 (11.5 x 9.5 cm) pink page from autograph book, signed in blue biro. £12      

 

 

 

 

  

        

Edwin Greene - Edwardian composer, especially of songs: Sing Me to Sleep, I Remember I Remember, The Beautiful Land of Nod, and The Fleeting Years - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "With very kind wishes, yours sincerely, Edwin Greene", and with 24 word message from Edwin Greene to a fan on reverse. £12

   

 

above: detail of Edwin Greene autograph 

   

 

 

  

 

   
Sir Charles Groves - 1915-1992, British conductor, musical director of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Good wishes, Charles Groves" in blue ink. £30 

 

above: detail of Charles Groves autograph 
  
  
  
  
  
  

    

 

 

   

   

      

 

 

above: detail of Jeremy Isaacs autograph

Jeremy Isaacs - born 1932, TV director and opera administrator, former General Director of the Royal Opera House - 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25.5 cm) large autographed photo. £20  

  

   

  

  

  

   

Alan Jay Lerner - 1918-1986, American lyricist and libretist: with Austrian composer Frederick Loewe he wrote Bigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Camalot and Paint Your Wagon - autograph in felt-tip pen on 4.75 x 3.25 inches (12 x 8 cm) autographed white card. £30      

  

     

 

 

  

    

Henry Mancini - 1924-1994, prolific American composer, especially films, including The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race and Victor Victoria. - 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25.5 cm) large autographed photo, signed: "To Aldo - Henry Mancini". £40      

  

 

 

  

   

 

Mantovani - 1905-1980, Italian (later British) conductor, specialising in light music: a huge star in the 1950s, he recorded over 50 albums, and starred in his own TV series - autograph in red biro on 4.5 x 4 inches (11 x 10 cm) cream card. £10      

   

  

 

 

  

 

Eric Maschwitz - 1901-1969, British lyricist and broadcaster, wrote the books and lyrics for dozens of musicals including Zip Goes a Million, and is best remembered for the words to the song A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - autograph on 4.5 x 3.25 inches (11 x 8 cm) page from autograph book, inscribed "For Joseph Cornell, Eric Maschwitz, Oct 7, 1942", (plus seperate 4 x 6 inches unsigned photo). £25   

  

 

   

   

 

  

    

Carl Melles - 1926-2004, Austrian conductor; he conducted many of the world's greatest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He conducted numerous operas, most notably at Salzburg and Bayreuth - 4.25 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Carl Melles, 1973". £30

 

     

 

  

  

   

  
  

  

Yehudi Menuhin - 1916–1999, American violinist and conductor, who spent most of his life in the UK and became a UK citizen in 1985. He was considered one of the finest violinists of the 20th century, and turned to conducting in the 1970s - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card, with dedication, signed: "For B. Sadler, Yehudi Menuhin". £20    

 

 

 

 

 

  

       

Michel Plasson - born 1933, French conductor - autograph on 5.75 x 3.5 inches (14.5 x 9 cm) white page from autograph book, signed after a performance of Faust at ROH Covent Garden, 1/2/86. £12

     

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

             

 

above: detail of Malcolm Sargent autograph

Sir Malcolm Sargent - 1895-1967, British conductor, particularly of choral music. He regularly conducted the Hallé Orchestra, the Huddersfield Choral Society, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Comany, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; he was the chief conductor of the Proms from 1948 to 1967. He made numerous recordings, and was one of the most famous conductors of his day - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £55

 

 

 

 

   

Gerard Schwarz - born 1947, American conductor, Musical Director of Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed RLPO photo. £12

 

 

above: detail of Gerard Schwarz autograph

   

  

  

     

   

   

Charles Shadwell - 1898-1979, British conductor; best remembered as Conductor of the BBC Variety Orchestra - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Charles Shadwell". Condition: crease to top-right corner, and fragment of paper stuck to reverse where item has been in album. £12   [ref: CS1]     

  

 

  

   

  

   

Charles Shadwell - 1898-1979, British conductor; best remembered as Conductor of the BBC Variety Orchestra - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard, signed "Sincerely yours, Charles Shadwell". Condition: fragments of paper stuck to to reverse where item has been in album. £12   [ref: CS2]

     

     

 

above: detail of Charles Shadwell autograph

   

 

 

  

    

 

Maxim Shostakovich - born 1938, Russian conductor and pianist, the son of composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Whilst Principal Conductor of the Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra he conducted the premiere of his father's 15th Symphony. In 1979 he defected to the west, conducting the New Orleons Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, and more recently he has recorded all of his father's symphonies; he still continues to popularise his father's lesser-known works - autograph in red felt-tip pen on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card, with small portrait snipped from newspaper or programme stuck to left of autograph. £25

     

 

 

 

 

  

              

Felix von Weingartner - 1863-1942, Austrian conductor, composer, pianist and musicologist, succeeding Mahler as principal conductor of Vienna Hofoper - black ink autograph on 4 x 2 inches (10 x 4.5 cm) pink paper fragment snipped from autograph book, dated 1940. £35        

    
  

  

   

   

  

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