Reginald Burston

Reginald Burston (a.m.d., 1924; m.d., 1924-27)

[Died 22 Apr 1968]

In 1924, Reginald Burston served briefly as Assistant Musical Director with the D'Oyly Carte Repertory Opera Company, before taking over as Musical Director with the D'Oyly Carte "New" Opera Company in July of that year. He served as Musical Director until the "New" Company was disbanded in June 1927.

With the shut-down of the "New" Company, Burston was released by the D'Oyly Carte organization, but went on to have a long and successful career in musical comedy, principally in the West End where he was musical director for numerous works including those of Noel Coward. Burston continued to conduct in London through 1958.

Incidentally, Burston's Assistant Musical Director with the "New" Company from April 1925 to May 1926 was Isidore Godfrey. Godfrey then moved to the Repertory Opera Company as Harry Norris's AMD, ultimately succeeding Norris as Musical Director in 1928.

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