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Sir Alexander Gibson


1926 - 1995

Conductor. Born in Motherwell, Gibson studied at the University of Glasgow and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. In 1957, he was appointed Sadler's Wells youngest Musical Director. The following year he became the first Scottish Director of the Glasgow-based Scottish National Orchestra (now the Royal Scottish National Orchestra), serving in the joint role of Principal Conductor and Musical Director until 1984. He was instrumental in the formation of Scottish Opera, becoming their Artistic Director between 1962 and 1985. He served as President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) between 1991 and his death. Gibson was awarded honorary degrees from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Stirling Universities, a CBE in 1967 and was knighted in 1977.

He is remembered by the Alexander Gibson Opera School, opened in 1998 by the RSAMD in Glasgow.


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