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Search for founder of Nottingham Symphony Orchestra's wedding march

Gaze Cooper Image copyright Sarah Bradwell
Image caption Gaze Cooper's grandchildren and others have launched a website hoping to keep his legacy alive

The granddaughter of a composer, who founded the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, is searching for a wedding march he wrote in 1955.

Gaze Cooper, who died in 1981, set up the orchestra in 1933 and was its conductor for over 40 years.

Sarah Bradwell said her grandfather composed a wedding march for her parents' wedding, but "sadly we can't find the sheet music".

Mrs Bradwell has also launched a campaign to keep his legacy alive.

Image copyright Sarah Bradwell
Image caption Mr Cooper founded the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra in 1933

Mr Cooper, who was born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, died at the age of 86.

His compositions include eight symphonies, four piano concertos, two ballets, overtures, an opera, chamber music and songs.

Image copyright Sarah Bradwell
Image caption Sarah Bradwell hopes to find the wedding march sheet music to play at her daughter's wedding

Mrs Bradwell said the wedding march he composed for her parents more than 60 years ago, which was played on the organ at Sawley Church, Derbyshire, was also played at her own wedding.

"My daughter's getting married next year and she would like it played at her wedding but sadly we can't find it. It's the sheet music we're looking for," she said.

"I've contacted the lady who played at our wedding and she can't find it.

"I've looked through all the opus lists and I can't identify it myself from the music scores in the archive.

"But I'll just have to keep hunting."


Gaze Cooper

Image copyright Sarah Bradwell
  • Cooper learnt to play the piano and began composing, he wrote his first serious composition a piano concerto in 1923
  • In 1925, aged 30, he joined the staff of the Midland Conservatoire of Music giving lessons
  • In 1933, he founded the Nottingham Conservatory of Music Orchestra, which later became the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra in 1942
  • Music was one of his two passions, the other was collecting antiquities

Image copyright Sarah Bradwell
Image caption Mr Cooper founded the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra in 1933

Mr Cooper was well known in his lifetime, but Mrs Bradwell said he and his music have been forgotten.

"It is sad and I don't understand why he's not heard of," she said.

"It's amazing to hear the music, it makes me feel like I'm soaring into the air.

"It makes me very proud of my grandpa, makes me feel very privileged to have known him."

A group of ex-pupils, musicians, music lovers and his grandchildren have launched a website hoping to revive his memory and his works.

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