Cruft, Eugene (John)

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Cruft, Eugene (John) (b London, 1887; d London, 1976). Eng. double-bass player. In Beecham Orch. 1909, prin. db. BBC SO 1929–49, CG Orch. 1949–52, Bath Fest. Orch. 1959–65. Prof. of db. RCM 1946–57. Organized coronation orchs. 1937 and 1953. Assoc. with many chamber orchs. Father of John and Adrian Cruft. OBE 1953.