James Muir Mathieson (1911-1975)
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Scotland's Finest: 15 musical heroes that put Scotland on the classical map
14. James Muir Mathieson (1911-1975)
A composer and Music Director, Stirling-born Mathieson was responsible for attracting first rate composers to arrange and conduct their scores for British films. During his wartime service with the Ministry of Information, he commissioned scores from Bliss, Walton, Vaughan Williams and Arnold. And we have him to thank for Benjmain Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, commissioned for the film, Instruments of the Orchestra.