Anthony Collins

Biography

Born: September 3, 1893; Hastings, England   Died: December 11, 1963; Los Angeles, CA  
Anthony Collins was a well-known British conductor, especially known for his performances of Sibelius compositions.

He learned violin and viola as a boy, and at age 17 became a member of the Hastings Municipal Orchestra, playing viola. He entered the Royal College of Music and studied violin with Rivarde. Beginning in 1920 he was a composition student of Gustav Holst. He worked as an orchestra violist, leading the viola sections of the
Read more London Symphony Orchestra and the opera at the Covent Garden Opera House.

In 1936 he resigned from orchestral work to take up conducting and increase time for original composition. He had already had some occasion to conduct at Covent Garden in productions of the Sadler's Wells Opera and Carl Rosa Opera Company. He made a debut conducting the London Symphony in 1938.

In common with a number of young British musicians and artists, he left the country in 1939. He settled in Los Angeles, where he continued to conduct and to write film music.

After World War II he continued to live in Los Angeles, but frequently visited and worked in Britain, especially working with the London Symphony. He championed British music in both countries, specializing in music of the first few decades of the twentieth century, such as Bantock, Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Walton. He made a very successful series of recordings of the complete Sibelius symphonies in the 1950s.

He also composed, including four short operas, two violin concertos, and other music. His best known composition was a work of light music, Vanity Fair. Read less
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  • 1.
    Sibelius: Symphonies 5-7, Orchestral Works / Collins, Jensen
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002126502 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Thomas Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Francesca Da Rimini / Collins, Van Beinum
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002083002 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Eduard Van Beinum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphonies 1-4 / Collins, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069302 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    A Delius Collection Of Rare Historic Recordings
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 717 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Joan Stuart,  Gordon Watson,  Heddle Nash,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Constant Lambert,  Sidney Beer,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Boyd Neel String Orchestra  ... 
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    Delius Edition / Sir Charles Mackerras [8-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001641702 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Daniel Washington,  Bengt Forsberg,  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Arthur Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Anthony Collins,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Bassoon Concerto, Flute Concerto No 2 / Peyer, Helaerts, Monteux
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4803608 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Henri Helaerts,  Barry Tuckwell,  Claude Monteux
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Peter Maag,  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 14, 17, 25, 26; Sonatas 8 & 18 / Gulda
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4803442 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Paul Angerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra
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    Delius: Orchestral Works, Cello Sonata, Song Of The High Hills
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470375 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Peter Hoare,  Rebecca Evans,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Bengt Forsberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Anthony Collins,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Label: El Records   Catalog: 157 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Lord Berners
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Edith Sitwell
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Katin, Collins, Lpo
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 425504 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Peter Katin
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sir William Walton - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Alto Records   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 04/15/2008  
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Edith Sitwell,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Ensemble Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Hall Of Fame Vol 1 - Rose, Ellis, Anderson, Farnon
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5120 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Rose,  Clive Richardson,  Eric Coates,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Clive Richardson,  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Charles Williams,  Robert Farnon,  Eric Coates  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  The Queen's Hall Light Orchestra  ... 
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    Midnight Matinee - Stevens, Jones, Wayne / Farnon, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5111 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  Anthony Collins,  Eric Spear,  George Siravo  ... 
    Performer:  Winifred Atwell
    Conductor:  Wally Stott,  Anthony Collins,  Ron Goodwin,  George Siravo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wally Stott Orchestra,  London Promenade Orchestra,  Ron Goodwin Orchestra  ... 
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    Original Masters - Moura Lympany
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756368 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The British Music Collection - Britten: Serenade, Folksongs; Walton: Façade
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000199902 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Edith Sitwell,  Benjamin Britten,  Dennis Brain
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group,  Boyd Neel String Orchestra
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    The British Music Collection - Delius: Violin Concerto, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470190 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Bengt Forsberg,  Tasmin Little,  Jean-Rodolphe Kars
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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    Original Masters - Ruggiero Ricci
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475105 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Carlo Bussotti
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Ernest Ansermet,  Piero Gamba,  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 25 & 26;  Beethoven / Gulda
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1301 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
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    Delius: Best Of Delius
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4613582 Release Date: 01/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Strauss: The Concertos / Tuckwell, Belkin, Gulda, Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 460296 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Strauss
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell,  Friedrich Gulda,  Boris Belkin,  Gordon Hunt  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Anthony Collins,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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