- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 16, 2008

Alun Hoddinott, 78 musical composer

LONDON (AP) — Alun Hoddinott, a composer who wrote music for the British royal family and was an influential promoter of modern music in his native Wales, has died. He was 78.

Mr. Hoddinott died Wednesday at a hospital in Swansea, his family said. A cause of death was not given.

Mr. Hoddinott composed more than 300 operas, symphonies and songs, including music for Prince Charles’ 16th birthday and a fanfare for the prince’s marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.

He started violin lessons at age 4 and won a university scholarship at 16. He studied with the Australian composer and pianist Arthur Benjamin and wrote his first major concerto in 1949 while still a student.

Mr. Hoddinott became a lecturer at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1951 and later headed the music department at University College, Cardiff, from 1967 to 1987.

His first opera, “The Beach of Falesa,” was the first full-length commission by the Welsh National Opera.

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