|Tags:||under 2000 listeners musical|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
George Militiades, 1 May 1905, London, England, d. 18 June 1965, London, England. An orchestra leader, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Melachrino was the son of Greek parents. He learned to play a miniature violin, and wrote his first composition when he was five years old. He was already an accomplished musician by the age of 14 when he enrolled at the Trinity College of Music, where he specialized in chamber music and the use of strings. At the age of 16, he wrote a string sextet that was performed in London. He resolved to learn to play every instrument in the orchestra, and succeeded, with the exception of the harp and piano. In 1927, he began his broadcasting career, playing and singing from the BBC studio at Savoy Hill. He strayed further and further away from his initial ambition to be a classical musician, playing jazz instead, and working in dance bands for leaders such as Bert Firman, Harry Hudson, Ambrose and Carroll Gibbons...