Walford Davies

DAVIES, (Sir) (Henry) Walford. b. Oswestry, Shropshire, 6 September 1869; d. Wrington, Somerset, 11 March 1941. He was a choirboy and pupil-assistant at St George’s Chapel, Windsor (1882-90), before studying at the Royal College of Music under Parry*, Stanford*, and Rockstro* (1890-94), where he taught counterpoint (1895-1903). As organist of the Temple Church (1898-1923) his career as a choral conductor and composer developed rapidly. He was professor of music at University College, Aberystwyth, University of Wales (1919-26) and organist of St George’s Chapel, Windsor (1927-32) before retiring, though he subsequently accepted the position of Master of the King’s Music (1934-41). He was...

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