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Albert Ketèlbey

Albert Ketèlbey (1875-1959)


Albert William Ketèlbey was born in Lozells, Birmingham, in 1875 and studied at Trinity College of Music in London (where he beat Gustav Holst in a music scholarship competition). After spending his early career in church music, he took a position at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and went on to establish himself as one of the foremost composers of light music, much of which was used in silent films and at tea-dances: he is now perhaps best known for In a Monastery Garden, the piece which made his name in 1915. He was also active as a music editor and conductor, making over 600 recordings for the Columbia Graphophone Company alone. Ketèlbey also published music under the pseudonyms Raoul Clifford and Anton Vodorinski. He died at his home in Cowes in 1959.

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