Donald Swann

SWANN, Donald (Ibrahim). b. Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, 30 Sept 1923; d. Clapham, London, 23 March 1994. Educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Russian and Modern Greek. He was a prolific and varied composer, setting work by many authors, including an opera, Perelandra (1964) based on C.S. Lewis’s work. He is also remembered for his collaboration with Michael Flanders in the delightful and popular shows, At the Drop of a Hat (1957) and At the Drop of Another Hat (1963). Swann wrote a number of hymn tunes, including one, FLANDERS, named after his colleague, composed for ‘Praise the Lord who reigns above’ by Charles Wesley* to be sung at the Methodist...

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