Alun Hoddinott

Biography

Born: August 11, 1929; Bargoed, Glamorganshire   Died: March 12, 2008; Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales  
Regarded as Wales' leading composer of the late twentieth century, Alun Hoddinott gained an international audience through performances of his Clarinet Concerto (1949), premiered by the celebrated Gervase de Peyer at the 1954 Cheltenham Festival. Subsequently, he wrote works for a number of important artists, including Barry Tuckwell, John Ogdon, and Mstislav Rostropovich. Singers, too, such as Dame Gwyneth Jones, Stuart Burrows, and bass Read more baritone Sir Geraint Evans (who named a son after him) performed Hoddinott scores composed specifically for them. Through several academic appointments and his efforts on behalf of the Cardiff Festival of Twentieth Century Music, Hoddinott greatly enhanced Wales' musical reputation among other nations.

After demonstrating early interest in both the violin and composition, Hoddinott rapidly developed his musical skills. At age 16, he won a university scholarship; following graduation from University College in Cardiff, he traveled to London to study with Arthur Benjamin. When he was 24, he received recognition by winning the Walford Davis Prize for composition. A year later, the success of his clarinet concerto afforded him his first major public recognition; thereafter, he pursued pedagogy and composition together. His first appointment as lecturer in music at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1951 was followed by a lectureship at his alma mater, University College, and later, both a professorship and a position as department head at the same school.

During his two decades as professor of music at Cardiff (1967-1987), Hoddinott was in a position to exert considerable influence on the musical life of his country. His 22 years as artistic director of the Cardiff Festival beginning in 1967 afforded him even greater opportunities to guide and promote Welsh contemporary music. For his work as composer and administrator, Hoddinott received a number of honors, among them a CBE, the Arnold Bax Medal, and the John Edwards Memorial Award. He was awarded an honorary membership at the Royal Academy of Music and was made a Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Among Hoddinott's works are a half-dozen operas, various chamber and orchestral works, and other pieces composed for chorus and soloists. The composer's Celtic roots are clearly in evidence in music that remains communicative and harmonically accessible, even in moments of brooding introspection. Read less
Hoddinott: Piano Concertos, Harp Concerto, Clarinet Concerto
Release Date: 01/08/2008   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 330   Number of Discs: 1
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Hoddinott: Symphonies No 2, 3 & 5 / Andrew Davis, Et Al
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 331   Number of Discs: 1
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Hoddinott: Dives And Lazarus, Viola Concertino, Etc
Release Date: 02/13/2007   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 332   Number of Discs: 1
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Hoddinott, Banks: Horn Concerto;  Searle; Maw   / Tuckwell, Harper, Et Al
Release Date: 07/08/2008   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 335   Number of Discs: 1
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White, Hoddinott: Piano Works / Colin Kingsley, Valerie Tryon
Release Date: 01/13/2009   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 2108   Number of Discs: 1
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    British Piano Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2345 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Malcolm Williamson,  Alun Hoddinott,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gerald Finzi  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Williamson,  Philip Fowke,  Malcolm Binns,  Peter Katin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Dommett,  Barry Wordsworth,  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Vernon Handley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    British String Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2346 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Gustav Holst,  Gerald Finzi,  William Busch  ... 
    Performer:  Lorraine McAslan,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Kenneth Sillito,  Cecil Aronowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Imogen Holst,  David Atherton,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - John Ogdon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4637 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Henri Dutilleux,  Florent Schmitt,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Lawrence Foster,  Paavo Berglund,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    British Light Music Premieres, Vol. 6
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7283 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Hedges,  Alun Hoddinott,  Philip Lane,  Carey Blyton  ... 
    Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
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  • 5.
    Music For A Royal Celebration
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2041 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  George Frideric Handel,  Gerald Finzi,  Peter Maxwell Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Hunt,  Ekaterina Semenchuk,  Roger Judd
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
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    The British Symphonic Collection
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 233316 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Frederic H. Cowen,  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Mette Christina Ostergaard,  Margaret Fingerhut,  Jan Lund
    Conductor:  Douglas Bostock
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    Hoddinott: Landscapes; Song Cycles And Folksongs / Spence,Booth, Williams, Matthews-Owen
    Label: British Music Society   Catalog: 437 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott,  Traditional
    Performer:  Nicky Spence,  Andrew Matthews-owen,  Claire Booth,  Jeremy Huw Williams
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    Hoddinot: The Sun, Night Music, Variants, Sinfoniettas / Atherton, Del Mar
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 333 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott
    Conductor:  Norman Del Mar,  David Atherton
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    Arbitrio: Music For Oboe, Bassoon, And Piano
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3013 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Charles Lipp,  Zae Munn,  Christopher Weait  ... 
    Performer:  Bradley Haag,  Doug Spaniol,  Alicia Cordoba Tait
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    Welsh Dances / Groves, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 334 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mathias,  Alun Hoddinott,  Daniel Jones
    Conductor:  Arthur Davison,  Sir Charles Groves,  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra of Wales,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    White, Hoddinott: Piano Works / Colin Kingsley, Valerie Tryon
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2108 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John White,  Alun Hoddinott
    Performer:  Colin Kingsley,  Valerie Tryon
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    Hoddinott, Banks: Horn Concerto;  Searle; Maw   / Tuckwell, Harper, Et Al
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 335 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell
    Conductor:  Norman Del Mar,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Rostropovich Plays Cello Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447036 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Marcel Landowski,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Renaud Gagneux,  Alun Hoddinott  ... 
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Hugh Seenan,  Layton James  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa,  Kent Nagano,  Cristobal Halffter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Hoddinott: Piano Concertos, Harp Concerto, Clarinet Concerto
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 330 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Philip Fowke,  Martin Jones,  Osian Ellis
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Sir Charles Groves,  Barry Wordsworth,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 15.
    The Service Of Prayer & Dedication Following The Royal Wedding
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 90405 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alexander Grechaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Judd
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
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    Hoddinott: Dives And Lazarus, Viola Concertino, Etc
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 332 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott
    Performer:  Moray Welsh,  Felicity Palmer,  Thomas Allen,  Csaba Erdélyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Hoddinott: Symphonies No 2, 3 & 5 / Andrew Davis, Et Al
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 331 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  David Atherton,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Elgar;  Hoddinott / Hughes, Wales National Youth Orchestra
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25045 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alun Hoddinott
    Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra of Wales
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  • 19.
    The Art Of Barry Tuckwell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000624902 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Knechtl,  Luigi Cherubini,  Franz Danzi,  Michael Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Maag,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Hoddinott: Piano Sonatas No 1-10 / Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5747 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott
    Performer:  Martin Jones
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  • 21.
    The Riverside Years Vol 2 / Frederick Swann, Et Al
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49131 Release Date: 01/07/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry Balfour Gardiner,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alan Ridout  ... 
    Performer:  Frederick Lewis Swann,  Robert [Bass Voice] MacDonald,  John Morrison,  Louise Natale  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederick Lewis Swann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riverside Church Choir New York,  Handbell Choir
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  • 22.
    Themes & Variations / Jac Van Steen, Bbc Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 62 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Malcolm Arnold,  David Bedford,  Colin Matthews  ... 
    Conductor:  Jac Van Steen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Welsh Classical Favourites / Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 225048 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ian Parrott,  William Mathias,  Mervyn Burtch,  Alun Hoddinott  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Penny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
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    Caneuon Cymru - Welsh Songs, Hymns And Anthems / Allwood
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 227 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mervyn Burtch,  Dilys Elwyn Edwards,  Mansel Thomas,  Llifon Hughes Jones  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Choir of Wales
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  • 25.
    Summer Dances - Hoddinott, Mathias / Fine Arts Brass
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5466 Release Date: 11/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott,  William Mathias
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
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