Marlow, Richard (Kenneth)

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Marlow, Richard (Kenneth)

Marlow, Richard (Kenneth), English conductor, organist, music scholar, and composer; b. Banstead, Surrey, July 26,1939. He was awarded his diploma as a Fellow of the Royal Coll. of Organists in 1958, and then pursued his education at Selwyn Coll., Cambridge (B.A., 1961; Mus.B., 1962; M.A., 1965; Ph.D., 1965, with the diss. The Life and Music of Giles Farnaby).After serving as a Research Fellow at Selwyn Coll. (1962–65), he was a lecturer at the uni vs. of Southampton (1965–68) and Cambridge (1968–96). In 1968 he became a Fellow, organist, and director of music at Trinity Coll., Cambridge. In 1969 he organized the Cambridge Univ. Chamber Choir, which he conducted until 1989. In 1982 he founded the outstanding Choir of Trinity Coll., Cambridge, which he conducted in numerous concerts at home and overseas, in various radio and television broadcasts, and in many recordings. He was a visiting prof. at Dartmouth (N.H.) Coll. in 1975 and at Middlebury (Vt.) Coll. in 1990, and also was a Senior Exchange Fellow at Rice Univ. in Houston in 1988. From 1979 to 1982 he was artistic advisor of I Virtuosi di Roma. Marlow has contributed articles to various scholarly publications. While his interests range widely, he is particularly known for his work as a musican and scholar in the music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Among his compositions are several sacred and secular vocal works.

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