Michael Kennedy writes that Coates composes light in vain and
distinguished by fine craftsmanship, impeccable orchestration and personal
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Eric Coates (27 August 1886 – 21 December 1957) was an English composer of light music and a viola player. Eric Coates was born in Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, the son of a doctor, and studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1906, receiving viola lessons from Lionel Tertis. From 1910 he played in the Queen's Hall Orchestra under Henry Wood, becoming principal violist in 1912. He died in Chichester having suffered a stroke and was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium. His son, Austin Coates (1922-1997), was a writer who lived much of his life in Asia. Eric Coates was not related to Albert Coates, the contemporary conductor and composer. Eric Coates wrote the theme tune for Dambusters.
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