Martin Dalby was born in Aberdeen in 1942. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and in 1960 won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Herbert Howells and viola with Frederick Riddle. In 1963 the Octavia Prize and a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship enabled him to spend two years in Italy where besides composing he played the viola with a small Italian Chamber Orchestra. With this orchestra he toured widely in Europe and North Africa . In 1965 he was appointed as a music producer to the BBC’s newly formed Music Programme (later to be Radio 3.) In 1971 he became the Cramb Research Fellow in Composition at the University of Glasgow and in 1972 returned to the BBC as Head of Music, Scotland where he began the development of the public profile of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, both in Great Britain and abroad, which increases as time goes on. In 1991 he relinquished this post in order to pursue a more creative role in BBC Scotland. A result of this was the production, amongst other things, of BBC Scotland’s massive radio history, Scotland ’s Music. He won a Sony Gold Award for it. In 1993 Dalby retired from the BBC and now composes full time.
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