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A Second War Bar to the Canadian Army Show

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A Second War Bar to the Canadian Army Show

A Second War Bar to the Canadian Army Show - 1939-1945 Star; Italy Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; and War Medal 1939-1945. Court-mounted, with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran Glen Stewart Morley, extremely fine. Accompanied by assorted research.Footnote: Glen Stewart Morley was born on September 17, 1912 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His musical studies took him to Portland, Oregon, where studied cello under Bruno Coletti, and then to Toronto, Ontario, where he continued to study cello under Boris Hambourg and Marcus Adeney. He was taken on as a cellist on the Canadian Pacific's RMS Empress of Japan (1932-1934), later joining the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as a cellist in 1934, before studying the art of conducting with Reginald Stewart, until 1937. He then became an arranger for CBC radio (1937-1939), and later, the Conductor and Music Director of the Ontario Civic Band in Barrie (1938-1939). When World War II began, the Canadian Army Show, a touring stage version to entertain the troops, to promote recruitment by enhancing the Army's image, to increase the sale of war bonds, and to bolster civilian morale was set up. The CAS was in Vancouver being refurbished for a projected run on Broadway when the Department of National Defence decided to split the troupe into five units to be sent overseas, two as musical revues and three as variety groups. Morley was brought on board, to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces overseas, where he arranged and conducted for the Canadian Army Concert Parties and for BBC (London) radio broadcasts, to Canadian troops in England, in conjunction with Sir Henry Wood and Ernest Read, arranging music for Canadian Army Show Units, including programs such as "Maple Leaf Matinee" and "Johnny Canuck's Revue". From 1943-1944, he was toured the North African and Italian war fronts with the "Tin Hats", as part of the Canadian Army Show. After the war, he reformed the "Tin Hats" as a continuation of the Canadian Army Show. During his time in London, he composed the film score for the British film "Playtime for Workers". Post-war, Morley went to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, to study composition with Barnard Rogers and Howard Hanson, and to become a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (1947-1952) and later was a composer for Eastman Kodak International Films (1952-1954). Morley returned to Canada in 1954, beginning a long history of conducting and composing. He was the conductor of many CBC ventures in the 1950's and 1960's, including CBC Summer Programs, the CBC Network series "Satin and Stuff", and the CBC production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candice". These CBC compositions for radio drama shows out of Vancouver led to many other compositions, notably the overture "The Dog Watch", which was premiered by the VSO in 1977, under Maestro Aklyama. He resided in Ottawa from 1979 to 1989, where his many musical interests led to a Canada Council Grant, enabling him to research for the Music Archives of the National Library of Canada. He researched early Canadian music, published the "Glen Morley Collection of Historical Canadian Music" and catalogued a large collection of music composed and published in Canada during the Nineteenth Century. Morley returned to British Columbia in 1989 and resided in Burnaby, continuing to compose, writing primarily light music for smaller orchestras. His work "Coquihalia Legends", was commissioned for the VSO's Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration in 1990. He was well-known in musical circles as a caricaturist and published a collection of his cartoons entitled "New Symphonibias". Morley was married to the American born composer Diane Morgan. He died in Vancouver on June 13, 1996, at the age of 83.
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