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Born Melbourne, 28 January 1883.

Died St Albans, 25 January 1970.

Australian conductor.

Aylmer Buesst studied in Melbourne before moving to Europe. After further training in Brussels and London he worked for a period at Leipzig under Nikisch. Staying in Germany, he had contracts at Breslau and Gorlitz. He then moved to Britain, joining the Moody-Manners Company (1914-16).

After war service he joined the Beecham Company (1918-20). One of the founders of the BNOC, he conducted them from 1922-28. He was the conductor of the first complete opera broadcast (Hansel and Gretel from Covent Garden, 6 Jan 1923). Subsequent engagements included a period as Assistant Music Director of the BBC (1933-36), and he was conductor of the Scottish Orchestra (1939-40).

He married May Blyth, a soprano with BNOC, in 1924. He was admired particularly for his Wagner interpretations, and wrote a highly influential analysis of The Ring.

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