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Stanford, Charles Villiers, Sir

Born: 1852 AD
Died: 1924 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Composers, Conductors

1852 – Stanford was born in Dublin on the 30th of September.

1862 – He came to London as a pupil of Arthur O’Leary and Ernst Pauer.

1870 – He won a scholarship to Queens’ College, Cambridge.

1873 – Moving to Trinity College and succeeding J. L. Hopkins as college organist.

1874 – He was given leave of absence for part of each year to complete his studies in Germany, where he studied with Carl Reinecke and Friedrich Kiel.  

         – He took his BA degree.

1876 – He first became known as a composer with his incidental music to Tennyson’s Queen Mary.

1881 – His first opera, The Veiled Prophet, was given at Hanover this was succeeded by Savonarola.

1883 – He was appointed professor of composition at the Royal College of Music.

1886 – He was conductor of the Bach Choir.

1887 – He was professor of music at Cambridge, succeeding Sir G. A. Macfarren.

1897 – Conductor of the Leeds Philharmonic Society.

1901 – The Leeds Festival.

1902 – He was knighted.

1914 – He published several books, including an autobiography, Pages from an Unwritten Diary.

1924 – Died on the 29th of March.