Ian Whyte (conductor)

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Ian Whyte (13 August 1901 – 27 March 1960)[1][2][3][4][5] was a Scottish conductor and composer, and founder of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.[6]

Born in Dunfermline, Whyte studied in London, and was a pupil of Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music.[6] He became head of BBC music in Scotland in 1931, holding the position until 1945, when he became conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra (later to become the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), a position he held until 1960. His own considerable output, such as the ballet Donald of the Burthens (1951), was influenced by Scottish themes and folk tunes.[6]


  1. ^ Register of Deaths, GROS ref 500/01 0044, Ian Dunn Whyte at Canniesburn Hospital 27 March 1960
  2. ^ Obituary, The Times, 28 March 1960, page 19
  3. ^ Grove Music Online
  4. ^ BBC SSO – Celebrating 75 years ...
  5. ^ BBC Proms Archive
  6. ^ a b c "Ian Whyte". Retrieved 9 September 2010.

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