Edward Leslie (Les) Emmans, born Norwich England in 1929. Educated Kings Lynn Grammar School, Norwich City College, Wolverhampton WTTC, University of Nottingham and The Open University. Studied music privately with several teachers including Alan Bush.Employed as an electricity power distribution engineer by Eastern Electricity after National Service in the RAF. Changed careers to become a college lecturer. Given responsibilty for the development of music courses and facilities at Wilmorton College (now Derby College).Retired early to pursue composing, writing and journalistic activities.Former editor of Composer News (Journal of the Composers' Guild of GB) and also SMA Bulletin (Journal of the Schools' Music Association of GB)Conductor of numerous choirs and music groups of all kinds and founder of Derby Opera Workshop. Also founder chairman of the Central Composers' Alliance and the East Midlands Region of the Schools Music Association.A church organist, accompanist and double bass player.Part-time WEA tutor in local studies and the arts.
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