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 Daniel Godfrey

Daniel Godfrey

Birth
Pimlico, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 20 Jul 1939 (aged 71)
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Burial Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Memorial ID 18696 · View Source
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Conductor. Born Daniel Eyers Godfrey at Pimlico, London, the son of Joyce Boyles and Lieutenant Daniel Godfrey,the band master of the Grenadier Guards. He, too, followed a career in music, he toured South Africa in 1891 through 1892 as musical director of an opera company. In 1893, he was contracted by the Bournemouth Corporation to conduct a seasonal orchestra, the effort, however, evolved into the permanent Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, conducting more than 2,000 symphony concerts over the next forty years. He was also conductor of the Grand Orchestra at Covent Garden from 1903 to 1914. From 1920 through 1922, he was also a lecturer on music at Birmingham University. He conducted the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra on the occasion of several sound recordings from 1914 to 1933; some of the Columbia records included such titles as 'Slippery Sticks,' 'Dicky Bird Hop,' and the novelty foxtrot 'Clatter of the Clogs.' He was created a Knight Bachelor at the 1922 Birthday Honors for George V for services to British music. He retired in 1934 after forty-one years with the BMO. He died four years later at 71, some two thousand mourners, in addition to the entire Orchestra, attended his funeral.

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  • Added: 3 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18696
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Godfrey (20 Jun 1868–20 Jul 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18696, citing St Peter Churchyard, Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .