Troubador The Golden Shore

Released: 28/11/2022

ISBN: 9781803135625

Format: Paperback

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The Golden Shore

An Autobiography by Warwick Braithwaite; Edited and annotated by Roger Flury


New Zealand-born conductor, Warwick Braithwaite, was a seminal figure in the musical life of Britain for more than fifty years. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and went on to tour with Joseph O’Mara’s Grand Opera Company. At the time, he was believed to be the country’s youngest professional conductor.

Braithwaite worked with all the major British orchestras and many of the greatest artists of his day. He was associated with important musical institutions at key moments in their development, becoming the first Musical Director of the Welsh National Orchestra, and guiding the Scottish Orchestra through the difficult years of WWII. Much of Braithwaite’s career was spent conducting opera for Sadler’s Wells, Welsh National Opera, Carl Rosa, and Covent Garden. He also worked with the Royal Ballet in London, and toured with them to Germany, France and Italy. Extensive post-war engagements took him to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland.

Editor Roger Flury, former Curator of Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, had unique access to Braithwaite’s archive – including the conductor’s substantial autobiography, published here for the first time. Flury contributes additional chapters covering Braithwaite’s musical legacy in Wales and his later years with Sadler’s Wells Opera. The volume is enriched with several important appendices charting Braithwaite’s family, his significant recording career, his writings and – most important of all – his many compositions. Braithwaite emerges as an unsung hero in the history of music-making in the first half of the 20th century.

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Warwick Braithwaite ,edited and annotated by Roger Flury

Passionate about music libraries, Roger Flury has worked for 45 years in the profession, starting at Westminster City Libraries (London) in 1969 and retiring as Curator, Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library (Wellington) in 2014. For much of his career he has been closely associated with the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML), serving as Secretary General, President and Historian.

He is the author of award-wining books on Mascagni and Puccini, co-editor of a volume of songs by Arturo Toscanini, co-founder of Academy Opera, writer and presenter of over 100 programmes for Radio New Zealand, and a contributor to music journals internationally.

Since his retirement and return to England, he has given talks for Opera Holland Park, the Recorded Vocal Arts Society and the New Zealand Studies Network, and is currently collaborating with David Vine on the publication of some of Braithwaite's compositions.

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