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Del Mar, Norman (René)

Del Mar, Norman (René) (b Hampstead, 1919; d Bushey, Herts, 1994). Eng. conductor, horn-player, and author. Hn.-player in Beecham's RPO, becoming ass. cond. 1947–8. Founded Chelsea SO 1944, giving perfs. of works then little known in Eng., e.g. Busoni's pf. conc. and Mahler's 2nd Sym. Prin. cond. EOG 1948–56. Cond. Yorkshire SO 1954–5. Cond. BBC Scottish SO 1960–5, Göteborg SO 1969–73. Art. dir. Århus SO 1985–8. Prof. GSMD 1952–60. Guest cond. of leading orchs. Cond. f.p. of Britten's Let's Make an Opera, 1949. Cond. f. London p. (concert) of Strauss's Daphne, 1990. Author of 3-vol. survey of mus. of R. Strauss (1962–72), monograph on Mahler's 6th Sym. (1980), Anatomy of the Orchestra (1981), Orchestral Variations (1981), A Companion to the Orchestra (1987), and Conducting Beethoven (1992). CBE 1975. His son Jonathan (b London, 1951) is also a cond.

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