Sydney Baynes

Sydney Baynes (2 January 1879 – 9 March 1938) was an English conductor, composer and leader of one of the United Kingdom's most popular radio bands. Born in Sudbury, Middlesex (nr. Wembley), he was educated at Hawley Crescent Primary School and Haverstock Hill School in Camden, Middlesex. He gained his first employment as an organist in London and was later the piano accompanist for singers such as Edward Lloyd and Ben Davies. Through this work he became a respected conductor for London theatres including the Adelphi and Drury Lane. He worked for the BBC for many years and formed and conducted his own orchestra between 1928 and 1938 which broadcast and recorded regularly. He died on 9 March 1938 at Willesden General Hospital, Willesden, London. whilst residing at 14 The Avenue, Wembley.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1, 1879, Died March 9, 1938

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-14533 12-in. 3/3/1914 Destiny waltz Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor PBVE-42136 10-in. 3/28/1928 Destiny Rudy Seiger ; Shell Symphonists Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-017844 10-in. 12/20/1937 Destino Giulietta Morino Violin solo, with guitar composer  
Victor D7FB-2955 10-in. 12/23/1947 Destiny Henri René Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 37052 12-in. 10/24/1914 Destiny waltz Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Columbia W143415 10-in. 2/19/1927 Destiny Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 76294 12-in. approximately 1919 Destiny Ethel Hook Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 76295 12-in. approximately 1919 Ecstacy Ethel Hook Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3930 10-in. 7/1/1915 Destiny waltz Jaudas' Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 0RA1591 10-in. 11/12/1936 Destiny Barnabáš von Géczy Orchester Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 0EA7938 10-in. 7/22/1939 Destiny Clifford Greenwood ; London Palladium Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CA16553 10-in. between June and October 1937 Destiny waltz The Bohemians Instrumental ensemble composer  


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