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Bernard Stevens (Composer)

Born: 2nd March 1916, London, UK

Died: 6th January 1983, Colchester, UK

Nationality: British

Bernard (George) Stevens was a British composer.

Born in London, Stevens studied English and Music at the University of Cambridge with E. J. Dent and Cyril Rootham, then at the Royal College of Music with R.O. Morris and Gordon Jacob from 1937 to 1940. His Opus 1, a violin sonata, attracted the attention of Max Rostal, who commissioned a Violin Concerto, which Stevens wrote while on army service. In 1946 his First Symphony, entitled Symphony of Liberation, won first prize in a competition sponsored by the Daily Express newspaper for a 'Victory Symphony' to celebrate the end of the war with a premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 1948 Stevens was appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, a post he combined from 1967 with a professorship at the University of London.

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