Kenneth Elloway

Kenneth (Albert) Elloway. Conductor, teacher, b Weymouth, England, 17 Jan 1916, d Halifax, NS, 22 Sep 1980; ARCM 1943. He first played cornet and later took up the trombone and string bass. He graduated in 1945 from the RMSM (Kneller Hall).

Elloway, Kenneth

Kenneth (Albert) Elloway. Conductor, teacher, b Weymouth, England, 17 Jan 1916, d Halifax, NS, 22 Sep 1980; ARCM 1943. He first played cornet and later took up the trombone and string bass. He graduated in 1945 from the RMSM (Kneller Hall). In 1950 he passed the school's advanced examination for military bandmasters. Following a career with British military orchestras and bands, Elloway moved to Halifax in 1955 as music director of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and became inspector of bands for the Canadian Army Eastern Command. He frequently guest-conducted the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, adjudicated at music festivals across Canada, and lectured at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax. Retiring from the army in 1965, he moved to Toronto as head of music at Emery Collegiate Institute. He returned to Halifax in 1966 as conductor of the CBC Halifax Chamber Orchestra (formerly the CBC Halifax Strings). He was acting director 1959-65 and director 1966-70 of the Maritime Conservatory of Music and was associate conductor 1967-8 of the Halifax SO. He guest-conducted the Halifax Wind Ensemble, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (in concert and on the recording CBC SM-215), and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Elloway became co-ordinator of instrumental music for Dartmouth schools in 1969, music director of the Dartmouth Choral Society in 1971, and the founding conductor of the Chebucto Orchestra in 1975. He taught at Dalhousie University from 1974 until his death.