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Healey Willan

WILLAN, (James) Healey. b. Balham, Surrey, England, 12 October 1880; d. Toronto, Canada, 16 February 1968. Willan’s father was a chemist, his mother an amateur pianist who gave him his first instruction in music. He was educated at St. Saviour’s Choir School in Eastbourne, Sussex, followed by private organ lessons with William Stevenson Hoyte in London. After a succession of organist-choirmaster positions in London, he moved in 1913 to Toronto, serving first at St Paul’s Anglican Church, and then from 1921 to his death at the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. He was the vice-principal of the Toronto Conservatory of Music (1920-36), taught music at the University of Toronto (1937-50), and...

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