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|Birth:||11th August, 1929|
|Death:||12th March, 2008|
Alun Hoddinott was born in Bargoed, Glamorganshire, Wales. He was a Welsh composer of classical music, one of the first to receive international recognition. He was educated at Gowerton Grammar school before matriculating to University College, Cardiff, and later studied privately with Arthur Benjamin. His first major composition, the Clarinet Concerto, was performed at the Cheltenham Festival of 1954 by Gervase de Peyer with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir John Barbirolli. Alun Hoddinott was also a gifted teacher and, as Professor of Music at University College, Cardiff, was responsible for the expansion of the Department of Music which became the largest in Europe in the 1980s. He was awarded honorary doctorates from numerous leading musical institutions, including the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, as well as the Walford Davies Award. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1983 New Year Honours.
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