Basil Cameron

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Basil George Cameron Hindenburg (also Basil George Cameron Hindenberg ; born August 18, 1884 in Reading , † June 26, 1975 in Leominster ) was an English violinist and conductor.

Cameron first studied with the organist and composer Tertius Noble in York and from 1902 to 1906 at the Berlin University of Music with the violinists Joseph Joachim and Leopold von Auer . From 1906 to 1912 he was a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra . In 1912 he became musical director at the lake spa town of Torquai. There he performed under the name of his father, who came from Germany, Hindenburg (or Hindenberg ) and organized a Wagner Festival in 1913 and a Richard Strauss Festival in 1914 .

When the First World War broke out, he joined the British Army and was deployed to France, where he was wounded. After the war he worked as a conductor in Brighton, Harrogate and Hastings. From 1928 to 1933, Cameron conducted various London orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra . After a guest appearance with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1930 he was appointed musical director alongside Issay Dobrowen . In 1932 he gave up the position and became chief conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra .

From 1938 he worked again as a conductor in England. Among other things, he was Henry Wood's assistant at the Proms and in 1950 led a performance of Liszt's adaptation of Schubert's The Shepherd on the Rock with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf at the Royal Albert Hall . His collaboration with the pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch was particularly successful at concerts and recordings. In 1957 he was honored as Commander of the British Empire .