Henry Robert Gadsby

GADSBY, Henry Robert. b. Hackney, London, 15 Dec 1842; d. Putney, near London, 11 Nov 1907. He was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral between 1849 and 1858 (where he befriended his contemporary, John Stainer*); he studied harmony with William Bayley, master of the choristers. He was organist at St Peter’s, Brockley, Surrey, but left in 1884 to become professor of harmony at Queen’s College, London. One of the original professors of the Guildhall School of Music (founded in 1880), he was also an active member of the College of Organists and the Philharmonic Society. Among his works are cantatas, three symphonies, overtures, an organ concerto (premiered by Stainer at the Crystal Palace) and a...

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