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Basil Cameron (Conductor)

Born: August 18, 1884 - Reading, England
Died: June 26, 1975 - Lecominster, England

The English conductor (George) Basil Cameron studied with Tertius Noble in York from 1900 to 1902 and with Joachim (violin) and Max Bruch (composition) at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik from 1902 to 1906.

After playing violin in the Queen’s Hall Orchestra in London, Basil Cameron Gerrnanized his name as Basil Hindenberg and was conductor of the Torquay orchestra from 1912 to 1916. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, he deemed it prudent to revert to his real name. After conducting the Hastings orchestra from 1923 to 1930, he served as co-conductor (with Dobrowen) of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra from 1931 to 1934. From 1932 to 1938 he was conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He then returned to England and conducted at the London Promenade Concerts. After World War II, he appeared as a guest conductor in England and on the Continent.

In 1957 Basil Cameron was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2003)

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