Recollections of Active Service in the Royal Air Force, 1940-1946
Nov 8, 2012, 4-5:30PM
The Calumet Speakers Series will present Howard Leyton-Brown. Leyton-Brown studied in Europe with two of the most respected violin teachers of the 20th century. As he was concluding his studies in England when World War II was declared and he enlisted in the Royal Air Force. After the war, he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He relocated his family to Canada, and settled in Regina, where as well as pursuing a solo career, he served, at various times, as director of the Regina Conservatory of Music, Saskatchewan director of the Western Board of Music, conductor of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, concert master of that orchestra, and head of the Department of Music at the University of Regina. He is now Professor Emeritus of Music, and still teaching violin. An account of the active service of a pilot in the Royal Air Force as an instructor and bomber pilot, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as the effect of this interruption in the professional musical career of the speaker will be discussed during the presentation.