Steinitz, (Charles) Paul (Joseph)
- Arthur Jacobs
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(b Chichester, Aug 25, 1909; d Old Oxted, Surrey, April 2, 1988). English conductor and teacher. After study at the RAM and privately with George Oldroyd, he became director of music at Ashford Parish Church, Kent (1933–42). In 1947 he founded a chorus, the South London (later simply London) Bach Society, and from 1949 to 1961 was organist and choirmaster at St Bartholomew-the-Great, London. His performances of the St Matthew Passion there, from 1952, were a precursor of the authentic performance movement, and were the first in Britain to give the work complete, in German, and with small forces. Under his direction the London Bach Society gave many broadcasts and toured in Europe and the USA, sometimes with his own Steinitz Bach Players (founded 1969). The society also commissioned new works from Tavener and Nicholas Maw, among others, and gave the first performances of works by Maxwell Davies, Maderna and Rubbra, and in ...