Arundell, Dennis (Drew)

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Arundell, Dennis (Drew)

Arundell, Dennis (Drew), English actor, singer, opera producer, writer on music, and composer; b. London, July 22, 1898; d. there, Dec. 10, 1988. He studied at Tonbridge and with Rootham, Henry Moule, and Stanford at St. John’s Coll., Cambridge. Although he made appearances as an actor and singer, he was particularly noted as an opera producer in Cambridge (from 1922) and at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London (from 1946). In 1974 he became a teacher at the Royal Northern Coll. of Music in Manchester. In 1978 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Among his compositions were the operas Ghost of Abel and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1927).


Henry Purcell (London, 1927); The Critic at the Opera (London, 1957); The Story of Sadler’s Wells (London, 1965; 2nd éd., 1977).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire