Arthur Davison was born
in Canada in 1918.
From a young age
he played the violin
and came to London in 1948
at The Royal Academy of Music
on a government scholarship.
became a renowned Conductor
and worked with
the London Symphony Orchestra,
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He also founded
two chamber orchestras,
and was a former
director and conductor
of the Royal Orchestral Society.
Arthur was also an assistant
and then succeeding conductor of
the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
In 1974 Arthur was awarded a CBE
for his services to music.
He was also made
a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music
and an Honorary Master of Music
by the University of Wales.
Arthur Davison had a
very popular programme
of family concerts at the Fairfield Halls
and programmes of these concerts
are held in the Fairfield Collection.
Violinist Albert Sammons,
a former music teacher of Arthur Davison,
waived away his payment
for a series of lessons
with the words ‘Just pass it on’.
As mentioned by his son,
Arthur’s aim and his legacy
were to provide concerts
to educate, entertain and enrich.
were his way of ‘passing on’
what he had learned,
and the music he lived.
Sheila Mitchell, sculptor
of this Arthur Davison likeness
worked in bronze, resin bronze
Sheila modelled over 150 portraits
varying the surface treatment
to reflect the characters of the sitters.
She was elected a fellow of the
Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1977
and was for 5 years President
of the Society of Portrait Sculptors.
Sheila was born in 1926 and died in 2006.