William Arundel Orchard

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Born: 1867

Died: 1961


William Arundel Orchard was born in London, England, and educated privately. In 1893, he graduated from the University of Durham and soon left for Perth, Western Australia, to taking a position as a choir director. He later worked in Hobart, New Zealand, and Sydney. He was the founding conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted the Sydney Madrigal and Chamber Music Society. He then taught at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, becoming Director in 1923. After retiring, he established the first music degree course at the University of Tasmania and founded the Musical Association of Tasmania. He then became the Visiting Examiner for the Trinity College of Music. Returning from a trip to England, he died on board the Dominion Monarch and was buried at sea, off Cape Town, South Africa.

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