William Alwyn (Composer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

William Alwyn

William Alwyn, was an English composer, conductor, and music teacher.

About William Alwyn

Musician who loved dissonance. He invented an alternative to 12-tone serialism. He was also a polyglot, poet, and artist.

Before Fame

He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London when he was only 15 years old. His virtuosity as a flautist gained him great renown, and he even played the flute with the London Symphony Orchestra.


He wrote over 70 film scores between 1941 and 1962 for such films as “Odd Man Out” starring James Mason, “Desert Victory,” and “The History of Mr. Polly” starring John Mills.

Family Life

His cousin on his mother’s side was actor Gary Cooper.


His composition “Lyra Angelica” became popular after figure-skater Michelle Kwan performed to it at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Information related to William Alwyn

  • English classical flautists
  • London Symphony Orchestra players
  • English opera composers
  • English film score composers
  • Academics of the Royal Academy of Music
  • English conductors (music)
  • Alumni of the Royal Academy of Music
  • English male classical composers
  • English classical composers

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Latest information about William Alwyn updated on September 10, 2020.

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