W. Arundel Orchard
1867 – 1961
Who was W. Arundel Orchard?
Orchard was born in London and educated privately. He attended the University of Durham, graduating Bachelor of Music in 1893. In 1896 he left England for Perth, Western Australia, to take up a position as a choir director. He later worked in Hobart and New Zealand, before settling in Sydney in 1903. He was the founding conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1908 and also conducted the Sydney Madrigal and Chamber Music Society from 1908 to 1915.
In 1916, Orchard began teaching at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, taking over as Director in 1923. The University of Durham made him Doctor of Music in 1928. He retired from the Conservatorium in 1934, but in 1935 established the first music degree course at the University of Tasmania, teaching it until 1938. In 1938, he founded the Musical Association of Tasmania, becoming its first President.
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- Apr 13, 1867
- Durham University
- Lived in
- Apr 7, 1961
on July 23, 2013
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