Alfred Reynolds was a theatrical composer who wrote light music.
He was born in Liverpool and went to Merchant Taylors' School before going to France to further his education. In Berlin, he studied with Engelbert Humperdinck.
In 1910, he toured the United Kingdom with Oscar Straus's The Chocolate Soldier. He was claimed to be England's youngest opera conductor. He created music for and performed in wartime benefit concerts. Reynolds visited the Far East with the Royal Opera in 1920-21. He composed the music for Baroness Orczy's play Leatherface after his return. Reynolds focused on bringing ballad operas from the 18th century back to life.
He became Musical Director of the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith in 1923, where he staged revivals of Sheridan's The Duenna (1924), Lionel And Clarissa (1925), and Love in a Village (1928), all with music by Charles Dibdin. He composed incidental music for Molière, Farquhar, Shakespeare, and Goldsmith's plays and review music for Nigel Playfair. Reynolds' comedy operas The Fountain of Youth and Derby Day were presented at the Lyric.
In 1932, Reynolds moved to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre from the Lyric. He composed a soundtrack for The Swiss Family Robinson and penned 1066 And All That, a musical based on a comic book of the same name.
He composed music for Stratford-upon-adaptations Avon's of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in 1947. The Limpet in the Castle, a two-act comedy opera, debuted at Wombwell, Yorkshire, in 1958.
Many of his theater compositions have been performed in concert halls.
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