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Born in 1898, Will Sahnow’s first love was the orchestra, his instruments the cello and the French horn. His first musical position was as an amateur conductor of an Orchestra in North London, organised by the
An early member of the Communist Party, Sahnow was appointed the full-time General Secretary of the Workers' Music Association in 1939. This move aided the transformation of the Association from “a struggling group of enthusiasts into a continuously functioning centre of activity”.
During the Second World War, Sahnow organised the Topic Record Club, which produced and despatched a record to each of its 900-odd members every month. He carried out the organisation of the recordings and the labour of dispatching the records with the regular help of one part time assistant only. In addition, he had to cope with the extensive publication of music, including the large sales of Soviet songs, and of books such as lain Lang's `Background of the Blues’.
He died in his sleep during the night of Tuesday 15th January 1957, at the age of only 59 years.
Source: A.B. in World News 2nd February 1957