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My Top 5 Past Orchestrators – Conrad Salinger

No.1 – Conrad Salinger  (Conrad Salinger at MGM, c.1940) Well here we are then, the final post in this past orchestrators blog. Over these past 5 mini biographies I’ve looked at only a small handful of talented orchestrators who have … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Past Orchestrators – Robert “Red” Ginzler

No. 2 – Robert “Red” Ginzler  Born Seymour Robert Ginzler (A name he hated and was known as Red or Robert to friends) in Leechburg, Pennsylvania in 1910, Ginzler was a stammering, shy and soft-spoken man. Yet, few knew he would … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Past Orchestrators – Irwin Kostal

No.3 – Irwin Kostal  This is the man that led me to discover the great craft of orchestration. When I was listening/watching the likes of Mary Poppins, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when I was … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Past Orchestrators – Don Walker

No.4 – Don Walker  Born in 1907, New Jersey, Don entered high school at the age 10 where one day he noticed the school band didn’t have a drummer, so he took up drumming. A year later there was no … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Past Orchestrators – Philip J. Lang

No. 5 – Philip J. Lang I could argue that this is the man who really got me into musical theatre. As the go to orchestrator for composer Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame), it was his orchestration of the Overture to ‘Mack … Continue reading

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Me, Musical Theatre and preparation for WSS!

To be Exeter Footlights MD is pretty much a dream come true for me. I fell into a complete trance with the Uni and Footlights in 2010 when my sister was publicity officer for Footlights and I came to watch … Continue reading

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