Fonds - Eric Wild fonds

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Eric Wild fonds

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1 folder of textual material

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(1910 - 1989)

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Eric Lees Wild was born February 11, 1910 in Sault Ste. Marie and received an Associate Degree at the London College of Music at the age of fifteen. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan in 1932. The following year, he began to work as an arranger for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He served as Assistant Conductor and trumpeter for British Broadcasting Corporation television from 1936 to 1939, where he also toured with Billy Bissett's Canadian Band and appeared on the BBC with his own band. He returned to CBC television as a conductor in 1940. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and eventually became the conductor for the touring Navy Show. He returned to his position at the CBC after the Second World War. He was the conductor of the CBC Symphony Orchestra in Winnipeg from 1947 to 1974. Additionally, from 1949 to 1956, he was the conductor for the (Royal) Winnipeg Ballet and from 1965–78 he was music director of the CBC Television program Hymn Sing, which occasionally performed some of his arrangements and original compositions. Eric Wild passed away April 29, 1989 in Osprey, Florida.

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The records of Eric Wild came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as part of several transfers of records from the RWB and were also collected by the RWB Alumni Association.

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The Eric Wild fonds includes newspaper clippings (1950-1956) and biographical information from the souvenir programme (1951).

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