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Leonard Gowings

Leonard Gowings (1926)

[Born c.1885, died Oxford 9 Sep 1969]

Leonard Gowings was a popular concert singer, and occasional recording artist, in his day who rarely appeared on the dramatic stage. He began at age 20 as a tenor at St. Paul's Cathedral, occasionally conducted choirs and, on at least one occasion, found work in a ship's orchestra as a flautist.

His only appearances with the D'Oyly Carte organization were two trial performances as Marco in The Gondoliers with the D'Oyly Carte "New" Opera Company in the autumn of 1926. He was not engaged thereafter. Gowings appeared but once on the London Stage:as Young Meadows in the comedy Love in a Village (Lyric, Hammersmith, 1928). That year he also sang a small portion of a small part:First Yeoman:on the D'Oyly Carte HMV recording of The Yeomen of the Guard.




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