Bryan Kelly - Orchestral Music | Heritage HTGCD285

Bryan Kelly - Orchestral Music


Label: Heritage

Cat No: HTGCD285

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th December 2014



A prolific composer of light classical music, Bryan Kelly has been writing in many different genres since the 1940s. This Heritage release features some of the music Kelly has composed for orchestral forces, recorded in 2014 with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia to celebrate his 80th year. The music is very accessible and Kelly is well-known to Classic FM audiences.

Bryan Kelly was born in Oxford in 1934. At the age of nine he became a chorister at Worcester College and later went to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Norman Greenwood (piano) and composition with Herbert Howells, Gordon Jacob and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

He began his career writing incidental music for plays. In 1957 he was appointed to a theory post at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, but after a few years, moved to a similar one at the RCM, where he stayed for twenty years. In 1980 he was invited to Egypt, to be an accompanist at the Cairo Conservatoire, later working at the Opera House and the American University. He later taught in Rome, but after ten years another change was needed, so he moved to a water-mill in the Dordogne area of France, eventually returning to England in 2004.

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