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The English musician John Snashall was born in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1930 and studied conducting with Aylmer Buesst at the Guildhall School of Music. He joined the Nixa Record Company in 1954 as a production assistant, and was appointed a senior producer following Pye’s acquisition of the company in 1956. He became a much admired record producer and also a conductor for the company, following in the footsteps of such as EMI’s Lawrance Collingwood and Decca’s Victor Olof. The present recording is one of several Snashall made for Pye, part of a long-playing disc which also included Kenneth Leighton’s Concerto for Strings and Adrian Cruft’s Divertimento for String Orchestra—all three receiving their première recordings. In addition, he conducted the world première recording of Alan Bush’s Variations, Nocturne and Finale on an Old English Sea-Song for piano and orchestra, with David Wilde as soloist and the Royal Philharmonic, and another rare set of recordings of Pergolesi’s Concerti armonici, with Snashall’s own chamber orchestra, the Anglian Ensemble. He also conducted the Pye recordings of Robert Starer’s Viola Concerto and Vaughan Williams’s Suite for Viola and Orchestra with Melvin Berger and the English Chamber Orchestra. After leaving Pye in 1969, Snashall later conducted wind suites from four Mozart operas with the London Symphonic Players for CBS and a three-album set with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of famous Overtures for the Warwick label. After leaving Pye, Snashall went on to produce occasionally for other labels, including Bax’s Third Symphony for RCA, with (later Sir) Edward Downes and the London Symphony Orchestra. He died in December 2003.

Role: Conductor 
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