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Plaque to commemorate composer's time at hotel; HISTORY.

It is an area these days better known for its connections to Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express.

But an old Highland station hotel's links to one of Britain's greatest composers is set to be formally recognised - nearly 80 years after his last stay.

The British Music Society is campaigning for an official commemorative plaque to be erected at the Morar Hotel where Sir Arnold Bax stayed for many winters.

The scheme - which is being run by Historic Environment Scotland - opens for nominations on May 27.

In 1992, the late film director Ken Russell made a television film dramatising Bax's later years, The Secret Life of Arnold Bax.

Russell himself portrayed Bax and Glenda Jackson appeared as pianist Harriet Cohen.

Bax, who died aged 69 in 1953, was best known for his orchestral music.

In addition to a series of symphonic poems - including his popular work Tintagel - he wrote seven symphonies, and was for a time widely regarded as the leading British symphonist.

An English Heritage blue plaque, unveiled in 1993, commemorates Bax at his birthplace, 13 Pendennis Road in London.

Now the same recognition is being sought for the Morar Hotel - previously known as The Station Hotel.

Bax first established himself at the Station Hotel in late 1928, and sometimes brought his partner Mary Gleaves.

He was keen always to have the same room with its view of the Isle of Rum.

Villagers thought him "eccentric".

The hotel's proprietors in those days were the McKellaig family.

HES said: "All nominations will be considered by an independent assessment panel and the successful nominations will be announced publicly, prior to then making arrangements for the installation of the commemorative plaque."

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:May 15, 2019
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