David Tidboald

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David Tidboald (1926-) musician, conductor


David Peter Tidboald was born on 23 September 1926 in Plymouth, England. In 1947, he enrolled at the London College of Music.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In 1957, Tidboald toured South Africa for three months with Beryl Grey and Oleg Briansky under the auspices of the African Consolidated Theatres.

Tidboald returned to South Africa in January and February 1960 as musical director of Laurie Johnson’s musical, Lock Up Your Daughters (with Leonard Schach as producer), at the Hofmeyr Theatre. The Brendan Behan play, The Hostage, also produced by Schach, in which Tidboald was the pianist, was presented concurrently.

In August 1960 Tidboald was appointed conductor for the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra. In March 1962 Tidboald was appointed as lecturer in conducting at the SACM. His responsibilities included conducting the UCT Orchestra and opera productions at the Little Theatre.

Tidboald left for England in October 1965 and until 1970 he conducted the LSO, the LPO, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, and especially the Bournemouth Orchestra. On occasion he returned to South Africa to conduct various opera productions of the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB), in conjunction with the UCT Opera Company, at the Alhambra Theatre in 1968 and 1969. He also conducted the SABC Orchestra. In 1970 he was appointed as musical director of the CAPAB Orchestra. He resigned in 1982.

As conductor

Tidboald conducted the following operas for the UCT Opera Company: The Portuguese Inn, La serva padrona, Tosca, Otello, Turandot

1965 – Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride) for CAPAB Opera

1969 – La bohème for CAPAB Opera

1972 – Madama Butterfly for CAPAB Opera

1974 – Die Fledermaus for CAPAB Opera

1977 – La traviata for CAPAB Opera

1977 – Otello for CAPAB Opera


In 1987 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Natal.


Sjoerd Alkema. 2012. "Conductors of the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra, 1914-1965: a historical perspective". University of Cape Town. Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow[1]. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.[2]

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