Thomas (Frederick) Dunhill

English Born 01 Feb 1877 Died 13 Mar 1946

Born in London, conductor Lionel Friend studied at the Royal College of Music under Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Colin Davis. Posts at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Welsh National Opera followed, and from 1989-1996 he was Music Director of New Sussex Opera where he conducted the British stage premiere of Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars.

Lionel has conducted many of Britain's premiere orchestras, including the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. He has appeared at the BBC Proms and has also conducted for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.

Lionels' work abroad has seen him work with Netherlands Opera, the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. For two years, he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Lionel has a commitment to contemporary music, and has given over one hundred first performances with the BBC Orchestras, the Nash Ensemble, and the London Sinfonietta. He has recorded extensively with the Nash Ensemble and broadcast for the BBC.

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