Leslie Heward

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Leslie Hays Heward (8 December 1897 – 3 May 1943)[1] was an English composer and conductor. Between 1930 and 1942 he was the Music Director of the City of Birmingham Orchestra.[1]

Heward was born in Liversedge, Yorkshire, the son of a railway porter[1] and organist.[2] He showed remarkable musical promise as a child.[3] By the age of two he was playing the piano, by the age of four he was playing the organ, and by the age of eight he was accompanying a performance of Handel's Messiah on the organ in Bradford.[1] In 1917 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music.[1] There he was one of the first pupils in Adrian Boult's conducting class, and was described by Hubert Parry as "the kind of phenomenon that appears once in a generation".[4]

He conducted the first performance (1938) and the first recording (1942) of Ernest John Moeran's Symphony in G minor.


  1. ^ a b c d e Jones 2004.
  2. ^ Blom.
  3. ^ King-Smith 1995, p. 52.
  4. ^ King-Smith 1995, p. 53.