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Barry Michael Rose

ROSE, Barry Michael. b. Chingford, Essex, 24 May 1934. A choir trainer of quite exceptional gifts, Rose was appointed the first organist of the new and as yet unfinished cathedral at Guildford in March 1960. He built up one of the country’s finest cathedral choirs there, and had a similarly beneficial effect on the singing at St Paul’s Cathedral (1974-84), where he was initially Sub-Organist and subsequently Master of the Choir. After an interlude as Master of the Choirs at the King’s School, Canterbury, he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Alban’s Cathedral, retiring at the end of 1997. His work as Religious Music Adviser to the BBC (1971-86) led inevitably to his...

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