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John Veale (Composer)
Born: 15th June 1922, Shortlands, England
Died: 16th November 2006, Bromley, English
John Douglas Louis Veale was an English classical composer.
He was born in Shortlands, Bromley, Kent; his father, Douglas Veale, later served as Registrar of the University of Oxford (1930–1958) and received a knighthood. John Veale was educated at Repton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (his father's old college), alongside Kenneth Tynan. As a composer, he was largely self-taught, but took some lessons from Egon Wellesz, Thomas Armstrong, Roger Sessions and Roy Harris (the latter's only English pupil).
He served as film correspondent with the Oxford Mail (1966–1980) and as copy editor at Oxford University Press (1968–1987).
His compositions include three symphonies (No. 1 was written 1944–47, and premiered by Sir John Barbirolli at the Cheltenham Music Festival in 1952; No.