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Arthur William Oldham

Born: 6th September 1926, London, UK

Died: 4th May 2003, Villejuif, France

Nationality: English

Arthur William Oldham OBE was an English composer and choirmaster. He founded the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in 1965, the Chorus of the Orchestre de Paris in 1975, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Chorus in Amsterdam in 1979. He also worked with the Scottish Opera Chorus 1966–74 and directed the London Symphony Chorus 1969–76. For his work with the LSO Chorus, he won three Grammy Awards.

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Recording of the Week, English Song Recitals from Robin Tritschler and James Gilchrist

Tritschler joins forces with Malcolm Martineau, Sean Shibe and Philip Higham to pay tribute to Peter Pears on Signum, whilst Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook bring unaffected eloquence to a collection of songs by Roger Quilter on Chandos.

Interview, Robin Tritschler on Songs for Peter Pears

The Irish tenor discusses his tribute to Peter Pears (released last Friday on Signum Classics), which includes song-cycles by Lennox Berkeley, Geoffrey Bush, Arthur Oldham, and of course Pears's life-partner Benjamin Britten.

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