Ronnie HazlehurstBorn: March 13th, 1928, Dukinfield (United Kingdom)
Died: October 1st, 2007, Saint Peter Port, Guernsey (United Kingdom)
No other British conductor took part in the Eurovision Song Contest more often than Ronnie Hazlehurst. He was musical director of three editions of the festival which were held in the UK (1974, 1977, 1982). In 1977, he conducted the entries of the UK (famously wearing a bowler hat and using a rolled-up umbrella instead of a baton) and West Germany. After that, Hazlehurst returned to the contest as the conductor of the United Kingdom entry on six more occasions (1982, 1987 to 1989, 1991, 1992). Four of Hazlehurst’s seven participations resulted in a second place on the scoreboard for the British entry.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Ronnie Hazlehurst will be published on this website