Australian conductor Bryan Fairfax, well known for his championing of little known or neglected works, has died at the age of 83. He is associated with the works of Havergal Brian, and he conducted the world premiere of Brian’s Symphony No. 1, Gothic in 1961. Brian’s Symphony No. 18 was written especially for Fairfax and the semi-professional Polyphonia Orchestra he founded. His UK premieres include major works by Gustav Mahler, Dmitri Shostakovich, Carl Nielsen, Sergei Rachmaninov, Franz Schmidt and Percy Grainger.

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