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Memorable Manitobans: Alan Richardson Laing (1937-2016)

Musician, composer.

Born at Winnipeg on 5 October 1937, son of Gertrude M. Laing and Stanley B. Laing, grandson of George S. Laing, he attended the University of Manitoba where he was Senior Science Stick (1958-1959). He worked with the Manitoba Theatre Centre before moving to eastern Canada, where he became known for his musical compositions for theatres across Canada and the United States, including the Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre English Theatre Company, and Neptune Theatre (Halifax). He wrote scores for CBC television dramas. In 2015, an album of his best theatre music was released. He died at St. Marys, Ontario on 22 October 2016.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 2016.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2016

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