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About Kenneth Alwyn

Kenneth Alwyn (born 28 July 1925, died 10 December 2020) was an English conductor, composer and writer. Described by BBC Radio 3 as "one of the great British Musical Directors", he was known for his many recordings, including with the London Symphony Orchestra on Decca’s first stereophonic recording of the 1812 Overture.

He had a long association with the BBC, appearing for thirty years as a conductor and presenter of BBC Radio 2’s live orchestral music programme, Friday Night is Music Night.

He was also well-known for his contribution to British musical theatre as a prolific musical director in the 1950s and 1960s.  He was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and married the actress Mary Law in 1960.

A biography can be found on his Wikipedia page. The first volume of his memoirs A Baton in the Ballet and Other Places was published in January 2015.  The second volume Is Anyone Watching?  was published in October 2017.  Both volumes can be ordered via the Books page or may be available as pre-owned copies on Amazon UK.

A discography also appears on his artist page at Impulse Music

Kenneth Alwyn in 1985 by Robin Adler FRS
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