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Alexander Goehr

Alexander Goehr, one of Britain’s most distinguished composers, was born in Berlin in 1932, the son of the Schoenberg pupil and conductor Walter Goehr, and came to this country in 1933. He studied with Richard Hall at the Royal Manchester College of Music (where together with Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies and John Ogdon he formed the New Music Manchester Group) and with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod in Paris. In the early 60's he worked for the BBC and formed the Music Theatre Ensemble, the first ensemble devoted to what has become an established musical form. From the late 1960’s onwards he taught at the New England Conservatory Boston, Yale, Leeds and in 1975 was appointed to the Chair of the University of Cambridge, where he remains Emeritus Professor. He has also taught in China and has twice been Composer-in-Residence at Tanglewood.

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - 14:00 to 15:00
Event location: 
2.00pm, Recital Room, Faculty of Music