Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Echoes of Rudolph Dunbar on BBC Radio 4


My article on the little known black Guyanese conductor and clarinettist Rudolph Dunbar (above), which I published here on April 23 2007, has attracted a large number of readers according to my server logs, including a number from the BBC. My story ran under the headline Berlin Philharmonic's First Black Conductor, and is also linked from Wikipedia.

Dunbar's inspirational story needs to reach a wider audience, so I was delighted to find BBC Radio 4 broadcasting the Strange Story of Rudolph Dunbar today (August 7 2007). Here is the BBC blurb:

Strange Story of Rudolph Dunbar
Tuesday 7 August 2007 11:30-12:00 (Radio 4 FM)
Wayne Marshall tells the story of Rudolph Dunbar.

Born into poverty in British Guiana, Dunbar became a well-known jazz and classical clarinettist as well as having a European career as a classical conductor.

Despite becoming the first black man to conduct at the Royal Albert Hall and having conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra just days after the end of the Second World War, Dunbar ended his life in obscurity in Britain, convinced that the BBC in particular had barred his way to greater things.


You can to listen to the BBC programme on demand until August 15 here. Following my article as you listen to the broadcast is really quite interesting.

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1 comment:

Pliable said...

And here is a nice example of someone using my material, expanding it by their own research - and acknowledging the original source.