With music influenced by both neo-Romantics and modernists, Scottish composer John McLeod has been one of Britain's most popular and prolific composers since coming on the scene in the 1970s. His output spans most major genres except for opera, from orchestral music, including several concertos, to choral, chamber, and vocal scores, as well as music for film and theater. McLeod was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on March 8, 1934, but moved to Edinburgh in 1970 and has spent the rest of his life there. He attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying clarinet with top-flight players: Gervase de Peyer, Jack Brymer, and Reginald Kell. He also studied conducting with Sir Adrian Boult. Despite all this, he switched his major to composition and took lessons with Lennox Berkeley, and later with Witold Lutoslawski. The latter became a ...
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