Aled Jones' Album of the Week, 31 March 2014.
Sir Neville Marriner
Celebrated conductor and violinist Sir Neville Marriner was born in Lincoln in 1924. His distinguished career has seen him lend his considerable talents both domestically and abroad.
- Marriner saw action in WWII when he participated in motorboat raids into France with the Royal Navy in the build-up to D-Day. He was invalided due to kidney injury.
- After the war he completed his studies in France at the Paris Conservatoire with René Benedetti. After teaching at Eton College for a year (1947 - 1948) he became a professor at the Royal College of Music as well as being a member of the Martin String Quartet. It was at this time that he also formed the Jocobean Ensemble keyboard player and musicologist Thurston Dart and orchestral player Peter Gibb.
- Marriner joined the Philharmonia Orchestra as a violinist in 1952, and became principal second violin of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1956 for the next 12 years.
- In 1969, Marriner became the first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
- Marriner served as associate conductor of the Northern Sinfonia from 1971 to 1973, and as artistic director of the South Bank Summer Music Festival in London between 1975 and 1977.
- From 1979 to 1986, he was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra before going on to be principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1989.
- He was knighted in 1985
Did You Know?
His son is clarinetist Andrew Marriner, Principal Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra.
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