English conductor Roy Budden was born in Dorset on 14 October 1913. He was a mature student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after the second world war. He started a professional orchestra called the Capriol Orchestra, and worked with a series of amateur organisations, including Hendon Strings, Mornington Sinfonia and the Crowndale Orchestra. He also conducted opera for Hampstead Garden Opera, Brent Opera and the St Marylebone Operatic Society. Budden continued to conduct until well into his nineties, and died on 25 November 2009, aged 96.