William Garnett James

JAMES, William Garnett. b. Ballarat, Victoria, 28 August 1895; d. Sydney, 10 March 1977. James studied music at the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium. In 1914 he went to London to pursue his studies and from 1915 gave a number of performances as a concert pianist under Sir Henry Wood. He then toured the United Kingdom as an accompanist for artists such as Tetrazini, Fritz Kreisler, and the Australian singer Peter Dawson. He returned to Australia in 1915, and in 1935 became the first federal Director of Music for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He retired in 1957. He began composing in London and went on to create ballet music, orchestral suites, songs settings and a number...

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