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Starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, 21 April 2011
Introduced by Peter Mechen
Alan Loveday, a child prodigy violinist born in Palmerston North, came to the attention of the visiting Budapest String Quartet on a New Zealand tour in the 1930s. The Quartet’s encouragement prompted Loveday’s parents to arrange for the 10-year-old boy and his mother to travel to England on the very eve of the Second World War to seek further tuition for the gifted boy in London with violinist Albert Sammons.
Sammons was the most renowned British violinist of the day.
Loveday’s career as a successful soloist, orchestral leader and teacher culminated in his pivotal role a soloist with the world-renowned Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, directed by his long-time colleague Sir Neville Marriner.
To this day his recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Academy is regarded as one of the finest of its kind.
Alan Loveday looks back on his career with Charlotte Wilson.
This programme was produced by Radio New Zealand
Alan Loveday as a child. Image courtesy of Palmerston North City Library.
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