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English composer, conductor and pianist Aubrey Bowman was born in Bournemouth on 16 May 1918 into a working class family. and won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Alan Bush. A founding member of the Workers' Music Association, he retained his connections with the organisation for the rest of his life, teaching, conducting and helping with administration. He also conducted ballet, and was involved with Sadler's Wells, London Festival Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. He died in London on 13 December 2009, aged 91, from wounds sustained after being knocked down by a car the previous day.