|Recording session, London c.1971
In the early 1970s, Hovhaness made several trips to London, England, to record his works for the record label Poseidon Society. He and his then wife, Elizabeth Whittington (pictured), had set up Poseidon in the 1960s.
The orchestras sometimes consisted of London session musicians, brought together under such names as "The Polyphonia Orchestra of London". They were often recorded to tape as they sight-read the music, due to very tight budgets. Such an undertaking was possible in London, where musicians and recording engineers were much cheaper than in America. Some of these recordings were licensed in Britain to John Goldsmith's enterprising independent label Unicorn Records.
Photographer: John Goldsmith