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Hollins, Alfredlocked

  • Ian Carson

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(b Hull, Sept 11, 1865; d Edinburgh, May 17, 1942). English organist, pianist and composer. He successfully pursued an international career as a recitalist, despite the handicap of being blind. His blindness was discovered soon after birth, and as a young child he enjoyed musical toys and musical sounds. At the age of six or seven he started picking out the tunes of the passing barrel organs on the piano, and it was one of these that he played when he had his first taste of an organ proper at about the same age. His mother died when he was seven. Soon afterwards he found himself forming a choir and giving concerts in his imagination. When he was nine he went to the school for the blind in York, one of the first to adopt Braille. The head of music was William Barnby, brother of Joseph, who fostered the development of Hollins's musical gifts....

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