Jablonski, Marek (Michael)

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Jenkins, Tom

(b Leeds, 4 Nov 1910; d London, 13 Feb 1957). English violinist. After studying with Flesch and Sascha Lasserson he went on to achieve international popularity as a performer in BBC Radio's light music broadcasts between the 1930s and 50s. As leader of the BBC Palm Court Orchestra in the radio programme ‘Grand Hotel’ he attracted a weekly audience of ten million listeners, who responded enthusiastically to his expressive yet technically precise handling of the light classical repertory. He also gave performances with the LSO and the Hallé Orchestra, and was voted Most Popular Musical Entertainer in the National Radio Awards for two successive years in the early 1950s. In his most celebrated broadcasts and performances Jenkins played a Stradivarius of 1667.

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