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Patrick Hadley


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An English composer and a conductor. Middle name is Arthur Sheldon. He was born in Cambridge on 5th of March in 1899. After the graduation from Winchester colledge, he went to the French front because of the world war I, and lost his right foot under the knee in 1918. After the world war I, he entered the Pembroke College at the Cambridge University, as well as Royal Colledge of Music where he studied under Charles Wood and Vaughan-Williams. He also studied conducting under Adrian Boult and Malcom Sargent there. From 1925 for thirteen years, he became a faculty in Royal Colledge of music, and subsequently became a fellow at Gonville and Caius Colledges of Cambridge University. In the world war II era, he was appointed as the conductor from Cambridge University Musical Society, and have conducted many Delius works. In 1946, the achivement made him to become the director of the society which he remained until 1962. As a composer, he applied and unified the idiom of English modernists with his sense from the close relationships with bax, Moeran and Rawsthone. In spite of his handicap, he was a naturalist and loved to hike. Such English natural scenescape reflects his compositional diction. He passed away in Heacham on 17th of December in 1973

Patrick Hadley was influenced by the music of Frederick Delius and also to a certain extent folk music.


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