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Career Highlights

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Mervyn Vicars 1975

Mervyn Vicars was a dedicated and talented composer, conductor and cellist whose musical career has inspired and influenced many across the 20th century.

He has composed many works throughout his musical career, conducted, arranged and directed. For more information on his music and compositions please click here. Sheet music is available from the Downloads section to the right.

Mervyn also served his country during the second world war, as Squadron Leader in the RAF. See below for highlights of Mervyns musical and military careers.


1931 obtained the post of Resident Conductor at the Théatre de la Variété in Marseilles

1932 Musical Director with the following musical comedies; No No Nanette, Funny Face, Mr. Cinders and The Student Prince.

1934 production of Die Meistersingers he was assistant conductor to Sir Henry Wood.

1932 – 1938 professional conductor for several well established musical societies (including The Sale and District Choral Union, The Newport Dramatic and Operatic Society, The Northampton Philharmonic Society, and The Cardiff Philharmonic Society)

1938 conducted the first performance of Alan Rawsthorne’s Concerto for Strings, Piano and Percussion

1938 – 1940 worked as an arranger of all classes of light music and commercial radio music for every kind of combination, ranging from concert orchestra to quintets. These arrangements included Chabrier, Massenet, Coates, Gershwin among others.

1940 volunteered for service in the RAF.

1941 was awarded the D.F.C.

1947 demobilised with the rank of Squadron Leader.

1952 formed the New Orpheus Concert Group in association with Graham Whettam and Robert Gill. They made their debut at Chelsea Town Hall on 4th. June 1952. In December 1953 they were invited to give an audition to the BBC. This resulted in a broadcast (Orchestral Hour) on December 16th. 1953

1954 became Artistic Director of the Concert Artists Record Co., set up by W. H. Barrington-Coupe

1973 Fugue and Variations on a theme of Sorabji written

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