Ivor Slaney

Ivor Ernst Slaney (b. 27 May 1921 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom, d. March 1998, Southampton, United Kingdom) was a prolific musical composer and conductor, notable for his work in film, television and radio. Slaney was educated at the Royal College of Music, and married Mary D Ludlow pianist Dolores Ventura in 1948. His father, Ernst Wallace Slaney, was the principal 'cellist in the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in the 1920s and '30s under Sir Dan Godfrey. As a youngster Ivor joined the choir of St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth where he was also taught by Percy Whitlock, the church's Director of Music and a colleague of Ernst Slaney at the Bournemouth Pavilion. According to Whitlock's diary, Ivor was known as 'Tiny'. Ivor's mother was Grace Elizabeth Arney (b 22 April 1893, died July 1988). She married Ernst in Bristol in 1920. In 1935, aged 14, Ivor entered Kneller Hall, the British Army's School of Music. Ivor Slaney's son, Adrian E Slaney, was born in 1950. In later life Ivoe Slaney lived in Milford on Sea, Hampshire.


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