Magazine article Musical Opinion

DOUGLAS COATES: Violin Concerto* EJ MOERAN: Violin Concerto+ Colin Sauer: Violin* Charles Groves: Conductor* BBC Northern Orchestra* Alfredo Campoli: Violin+ Sir Adrian Boult: Conductor+ BBC Symphony Orchestra+

Magazine article Musical Opinion

DOUGLAS COATES: Violin Concerto* EJ MOERAN: Violin Concerto+ Colin Sauer: Violin* Charles Groves: Conductor* BBC Northern Orchestra* Alfredo Campoli: Violin+ Sir Adrian Boult: Conductor+ BBC Symphony Orchestra+

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DOUGLAS

COATES: Violin

Concerto*

EJ MOERAN: Violin

Concerto+

Colin Sauer: Violin*

Charles Groves:

Conductor*

BBC Northern Orchestra*

Alfredo Campoli: Violin+

Sir Adrian Boult: Conductor+

BBC Symphony Orchestra+

Divine Art Historic Sound

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Douglas Coates was one of many gifted composers whose music was not infected by the Second Viennese School and the 12-tone compositions of the post Second World War era. Which meant that he was considered both old fashioned and unwanted by the powers that were in the BBC's all too anxious to be contemporary Music Department. Coates would have been excited and full of joy when his Violin Concerto had been accepted by the 1945 BBC panel for a studio performance by one of their provincial orchestras and would certainly have been delighted by the excellent performance given by Colin Sauer in Manchester in 1951. Unfortunately between 1945 and 1951 the climate for essentially new styles in music had set in and what should have been accepted as a thoroughly worthy, very English work, albeit showing some inexperience in writing for full orchestra, was all but dismissed out of hand. The composer is said to have been so upset that he destroyed the score and the parts, so that the work was assumed lost. However we now know that he did have a private recording of the broadcast made for himself and it seems possible that, assuming that the composer destroyed this tape as he had threatened, there had been a second copy made which found its way into the hands of a private collector and recently into the embrace of the always enterprising Divine Art's Historic Sound engineers. …

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