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date: 23 August 2019

Davies, Sir (Henry) Walfordlocked

  • Hugh Ottaway
  • , revised by Lewis Foreman

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(b Oswestry, Shropshire, Sept 6, 1869; d Wrington, Somerset, March 11, 1941). English organist, composer and educationist. He began his musical training in the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where for five years he was pupil assistant to Walter Parratt. In 1890 a composition scholarship took him to the RCM. There he studied with both Parry and Stanford and in 1895 joined the staff as a teacher of counterpoint. During those years he drew attention as a church organist, first at St George’s Kensington, later at St Anne’s, Soho, and then at Christ Church, Hampstead. In 1898 he became organist and choirmaster at the Temple Church, a post he held with much distinction for 21 years. From 1903 to 1907 he was conductor of the Bach Choir and in 1918 was appointed director of music to the Royal Air Force; the march he wrote for the RAF (scored by Dyson) is now his best-known composition. His engaging, outgoing personality and flair for the spoken word made him much in demand as a lecturer and adjudicator....

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