Edward Dunn

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My informant Moira Badstubner originally let me know about an organisation she had had been a member of, the The International Arts League of Youth. That article is here on the site, but in her latest letter, received during my move downunder, she recalls Edward Dunn, the IALY’s patron and leader of Durban’s civic orchestra. She wrote:

Hello Allan

As a teenager I was “mal” over classical music.  Edward Dunn gave me so much to remember – even now when I hear certain classical music I think of him. “Dance of the Hours” was on the Afrikaans programme at 12 today – it was one of his favourites.  For the good he did to the future generation, he will be rewarded.

The orchestra members were well-known to the Durban public – Nancy Greig (cello), Snowy Edwards (timpani/drums), John Clark (cello), Ilona de Vos (Harp), Stefan Deak (first violin – Hungarian), Charles Denholm (violin), Barbara Groom (viola)(Aitcheson), my favourite, – Paul Martens (my teacher) and George Walker – their students used to compete in the Eisteddford every year.

I am so grateful to the Durban Transport dept – in those days we could catch a bus to anywhere, anytime – safely!

Looking forward to reading your latest news bulletins…
Moira Badstubner (née Williams)

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  1. Fiona Tucker
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    At last I have found snippets of the orchestra from the 50’s. I am looking for a photograph of Stefan Deak, the lead violin, while he was here in Durban. He was my sister’s violin teacher and I now have the violin he got her from Amon Bilmark’s violin shop in Albany Grove.
    I have read that Stefan Deak spent the last of his life in London, some of the time with the Lennox Berkley Ensemble until he had his second mental breakdown after the suicide of his son Dr Ilan Deak. He was in a mental institution for a while and died in 1999 in Camden Town.

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