George W. Byng
George Wilford Buckley Byng (1861 – 29 June 1932) was an English conductor, composer, music arranger and musical director of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is known for composing music for ballet productions staged at the Alhambra Theatre in London during the Edwardian era, for his theatre compositions and as a conductor for HMV from World War I up to about 1930.
As a child, he received a musical education and at age 11 joined the orchestra at the Theatre Royal, Dublin. He played in orchestras throughout Britain for two decades before beginning a conducting career. By the 1890s, his compositions of incidental music for plays were used in London theatres. From 1898 to 1913, as the musical director of London's Alhambra Theatre, he composed, arranged and conducted the music for approximately 30 ballets and scenas. During this period, he continued to compose new music, including theatre scores, for other companies. For two years thereafter, he was the musical conductor at the Gaiety Theatre, London.
After conducting for Thomas Edison's British recording studio for several years, in 1915 Byng joined HMV full-time, where he conducted a great number of recordings. From 1917 to 1924, he conducted many of the early acoustic sets of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas in cooperation with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. He remained with HMV for at least 15 years.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1861, Died June 29th, 1932
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 31 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||Bb7204||10-in.||11/6/1925||Shepherd's hay||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb7204||10-in.||11/6/1925||Country gardens||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb7205||10-in.||11/6/1925||Bobbing Joe||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb7209||10-in.||11/6/1925||Lads a Bunchum||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb7210||10-in.||11/6/1925||Bean setting||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Cc7997||12-in.||3/3/1926||It's nice to get up in the mornin' (but it's nicer to lie in bed!)||Harry Lauder||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||Cc7999||12-in.||3/3/1926||Doughie the baker||Harry Lauder||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||Cc8025||12-in.||3/4/1926||Soosie McLean||Harry Lauder||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||Cc8029||12-in.||3/4/1926||Loch Lomond||Harry Lauder||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb9454||10-in.||11/18/1926||Chelsea Reach||George W. Byng ; Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb9454||10-in.||11/18/1926||Confess||George W. Byng ; Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb9455||10-in.||11/18/1926||Jenny pluck pears||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb9458||10-in.||11/18/1926||The black nag||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb9460||10-in.||11/18/1926||Gathering peascods||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb9461||10-in.||11/18/1926||Sellinger's round||Mayfair Band||Band||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb18814||10-in.||2/3/1930||Maypole dances||Black Diamonds Band of London||Orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb18815||10-in.||2/3/1930||Maypole dances||Black Diamonds Band of London||Orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb18816||10-in.||2/3/1930||Maypole dances||Black Diamonds Band of London||Orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||Bb18817||10-in.||2/3/1930||Maypole dances||Black Diamonds Band of London||Orchestra||conductor|
|Gramophone||19242e||10-in.||6/29/1915||Inno di Mameli||Società Corale "La Patria"||Chorus, with band||conductor|
|Gramophone||ak19243e||10-in.||6/29/1915||Inno di Garibaldi||Società Corale "La Patria"||Vocal chorus, with band||conductor|
|Gramophone||19244e||10-in.||6/29/1915||La bandiera tricolere||Società Corale "La Patria"||Chorus, with band||conductor|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Byng, George W.," accessed September 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107731.
Byng, George W.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107731.
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