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First Name: Philip
Last Name: Bate
Bio: Philip Bate (1909-1999) was born in 1909 in Glasgow, Scotland to English parents. His father was a museum curator and his mother a pianist and contralto singer. After his studies, he became a music producer for the BBC while maintaining a life-long interest in woodwind instruments. For his live television series, The Conductor Speaks, he was able to convince such famous conductors as Stokowski, Sargent, Beecham, and many others to participate in this important project. He was also involved with the Edinburgh Festival and brought the Paris Opera Ballet to England for the first time. In 1956 Philip Bate published his book The Oboe, which is now in its third edition and still remains the only significant full-length English language reference work for this instrument. He has also contributed scholarly articles on the oboe and English horn to the Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. He was also author of The Flute, The Trumpet and Trombone, and the revised and enlarged edition of The Clarinet by F. Geoffrey Randall. Maintaining his interest in woodwind scholarship, Philip Bate was one of the founding members of the Galpin Society and was for many years its President. Collaboration with IDRS Honorary Member, Lyndesay G. Langwill and Adam Carse led to his extensive collection of wind instruments, which was eventually donated to Oxford University, where it resides as the Bate Collection of Historical Instruments. There it is now available for study and use in performance of period music. In recognition of his lifelong research, he was awarded an honorary MA degree by Oxford University. Now officially "retired", Philip Bate resides in London where he continues to collect instruments and maintains a lively interest in woodwind instruments.
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)