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Arthur Seymour Sullivan

SULLIVAN, (Sir) Arthur Seymour. b. London, 13 May 1842; d. London, 22 November 1900. Born in Lambeth, he was the son of an Irish bandmaster. He became a chorister in the Chapel Royal in 1854 and entered the Royal Academy of Music in 1856 where he studied under William Sterndale Bennett*. Between 1858 and 1861 he was a student at the Leipzig Conservatory where he gained notable approbation for his incidental music to The Tempest. After returning to England he made his living as an organist in two London churches, St Michael’s, Chester Square (1861-67) and St Peter’s, Cranley Gardens (1867-72). His reputation as a composer increased steadily with his ‘Irish’ Symphony (1866), his comic opera...

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