Bowman was born in Bournemouth on 16 May 1918, being born there rather than
Aubrey became a student at The Royal College of Music in 1934, when he was just sixteen. However, after his father died it was found that only one year’s tuition fees could be afforded, so Aubrey applied for the
A founding member of the Workers' Music Association, Aubrey retained his connections with the organisation for the rest of his life, teaching, conducting and helping with administration.
Called up at the start of the Second World War, Aubrey was deemed “unsuitable”, presumably because he was now a member of the Communist Party. He was actually demobbed as early as 1941.
Becoming a composer, conductor and pianist over the next decades, he also conducted ballet, and worked with the
He set music to ‘A World To Gain’, written by Frida Knight (see separate entry), a tribute to the ideas of William Morris.
In 1947 he wrote music to accompany a poem by William Gallagher MP (see separate entry) called “
He married in 1950 and had two daughters.
Aubrey was a strong supporter of the various friendship societies with socialist nations.
Bowman was also the Clarion Choir’s fourth president after many years association with them.
In the Noughties, he wrote regularly for the Morning Star on music themes.
He died in