The Canadian composer Robert Farnon was born in Toronto, Ontario on 24 July 1917. He became a household name in Canada before he was twenty, because of the many radio programmes he made. He arrived in the UK during the last war as conductor of the Canadian Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and settled there.
Bob Farnon was best known for his light music: pieces like Westminster Waltz, Portrait of a Flirt and Jumping Bean. As well as being tuneful, at its best, Farnon's light music is carefully crafted, and he was a great master of his chosen metier.
Robert Farnon was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1998. There was more serious music too: he died in Guernsey on 23 April 2005, aged 87, three weeks before his third symphony was due to be premièred in Edinburgh by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and he had been working on a bassoon concerto.
A selection of M&V articles about Robert Farnon
Record box. Ignited memories - British light music, reviewed by Patric Standford