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Wilfred Heaton

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Wilfred Heaton


John Wilfred Heaton (2 December 1918, Sheffield, England – 20 May 2000) was a British composer and trumpet player.

He began piano lessons at the age of eight, and then learned to play cornet. Soon thereafter, he began writing his own music. He left school at the age of 18 to work as an apprentice for a small brass instrument manufacturer and repair business in Sheffield. Except for his service in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Heaton lived in Sheffield for more than 20 years.

He wrote a number of pieces for the Salvation Army and brass band, but also wrote music for orchestras and piano. He played in a number of orchestras and ensembles. He was founding conductor of the Dales Sinfonia, and formed the local school orchestra in Harrogate. From 1962-1969, he was director of the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, and in 1970, he was director of the famed Black Dyke Mills Band for several months.

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