Bust-length portrait of the young English conductor and composer by Cape Argus Studio in Cape Town, South Africa, "Leslie H. Heward Director of Cape Town Orchestra" printed to lower margin. Ca. 141 x 88 mm. Slightly worn and soiled.
Together with a second autograph signature on light blue-green paper laid down to verso of postcard. Ca. 60 x 113 mm. Slightly worn.
Heward "was appointed musical director of the South African Broadcasting Corporation and conductor of the Cape Town Orchestra (1924–7); he significantly raised its standard and performed with it at the 1925 Empire Exhibition at Wembley and at a command performance at Buckingham Palace. Returning to England in 1927, Heward succeeded Boult as conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1930, with which he broadcast a wide range of works. He showed a predilection for Dvořák, and enjoyed a deserved reputation as an exponent of Sibelius and of contemporary British composers. His pioneering recording of Moeran’s Symphony in G minor has won deserved acclaim. He seldom conducted his own works, many of which he destroyed; they include a symphonic poem, two unfinished operas, a string quartet, choral works and numerous songs and partsongs." Eric Blom in Grove Music Online. Item #25438
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