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date: 26 January 2020

Rootham, Cyril (Bradley)locked

  • Jürgen Schaarwächter



(b Bristol, Oct 5, 1875; d Cambridge, March 18, 1938). English organist, teacher, conductor and composer. He read classics and music at St John’s College, Cambridge (BA 1897, BMus 1900, MA 1901, DMus 1910). While serving as organist of Christ Church, Hampstead (succeeding H. Walford Davies) he studied with Stanford, Parratt, Barton and others at the RCM. In 1901 he took over the organist’s post of St Asaph Cathedral (Robin Orr describes his repertory of church music as ‘unusually enterprising and original’, and his performances as filled with ‘great vitality’), but within the same year he returned to St John’s as organist and musical director, remaining there until his death. He was an excellent organizer and did much for the musical life of the town and the University of Cambridge, for example promoting the first English performances of works by Kodály and Pizzetti. He became conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society (...

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