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Composers

Cambridge Recordings has recorded works by many composers. Here is some information about each one with links where possible to personal sites and trusts, etc.

Adam Pounds

Adam was born in London in 1954. As a student he studied at the London College of Music where his principal subjects were composition, classical guitar and oboe. He studied the guitar with George Zarb and Robert Brightmore and took conducting lessons from Christopher Fry.    As his chief interest was composing he went on to receive composition lessons from Sir Lennox Berkeley as a private student. He has written works for a great variety of combinations including chamber and vocal music as well as large-scale orchestral works, all of which have been publicly performed. He later continued his studies at Goldsmith’s College, London where he achieved a B.Mus. After studying for a Masters degree at Trinity Hall he formed the Orchestra of Great St. Mary’s (The University Church) in 2006. More details about Adam’s musical activities can be found on his website 

www.adampounds.co.uk

Richard Hey Lloyd

Richard Lloyd was born near Stockport, Cheshire. He was a chorister of Lichfield Cathedral (1942–47) and was educated at Rugby School (1947–51) where he held a music scholarship. He studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar (1952–55). He took the Music Tripos and holds the Cambridge degree of MA as well as the FRCO diploma. From 1957 to 1966 he was assistant organist of Salisbury Cathedral. In 1966 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers of Hereford Cathedral. He conducted his first Hereford Three Choirs Festival in 1967 as well as in 1970 and 1973. In 1974 he moved to Durham on his appointment as Organist and Master of the Choristers of Durham Cathedral. In 1985 he became the deputy headmaster of Salisbury Cathedral School. Ill health brought about his early retirement in 1988. He resides in Leominster, Herefordshire. Since retiring he has divided his time between examining and composing. Richard Lloyd has composed more than 500 pieces. In 2010 he received a Fellowship (FRSCM) of the Royal School of Church Music.

Simon Whiteside

All we can find on this composer is his current twitter account:

https://twitter.com/cyberdonkey

Paul Bryan

Paul Bryan was born in 1950. He was Director of Music at St John's College School, Cambridge 1977-99 and is now a freelance composer, organist and pianist.

Selwyn D. Image

Selwyn Image first met Norman Ackroyd as students in December 1961. Norman was in his first year at the Royal College of Art, London, and Selwyn at Cambridge University. Selwyn continues an annual tradition, initiated by his great-uncle and namesake, of producing a Christmas carol for his family and friends. Together they produced a set of 8 Carols and Etchings in 1986

Malcolm Archer

Malcolm is currently Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College in the heart of England, where he trains and conducts the Quiristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ and composition in the College. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol, and Wells Cathedrals, as well as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

He is much in demand internationally as a Composer, Conductor and Recitalist, and this web site aims to convey a flavour of Malcolm's musicianship, and provide a convenient point of contact for those wishing to contact him on professional matters, and learn more of his contributions to Church Music all over the world.

www.malcolmarcher.com

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards was brought up in the village of Turvey in Bedfordshire. He was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral for four and a half years and then spent an equal amount of time as lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral. He has served as organist and choir master at several churches in Bedfordshire, including All Saints, Turvey and St. Paul's Church, Bedford. He is also active as a teacher, piano accompanist and choral singer.
Edwards has made a series of recordings of the historic organs of North Bedfordshire. He has transcribed and edited ten volumes of 18th century English Organ Music published by ANIMUS. The opus numbers of his compositions rise to almost 450. They include about 150 hymn tunes and a large number of anthems. Many of these works have been published in collections including Hymns for Today’s Church, Psalms for Today and Carols for Today. His carol No Small Wonder, written in 1983 to words by Paul Wigmore, first appeared in Carols for Today in 1986 and was recorded on LP by Canterbury Cathedral Choir and subsequently heard in the famous Nine Lessons and Carols service broadcast on the BBC Television by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge in 2000.
Edwards finds inspiration for his compositions in the English countryside, in particular that of Norfolk.

Samuel Barber

Born in 1910 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Samuel Barber’s music has often been described as neo-romantic. He started to compose at the age of seven and had already decided on this as a career by the age of nine! Adult study was undertaken at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia before he became a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1935.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Barber

Dmitri Shostakovich

The composer Dimitri Shostakovich is a musical giant of the 20th century. His struggles in the Soviet Union, his relationship with the dictator Stalin and the circumstances surrounding his prolific output are well documented. Many of his works represent the voice of the individual against tyranny and the all-embracing emotional content of his third String Quartet is a wonderful example of his ability to directly communicate and at the same time achieve technical excellence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich

William Walton

William Walton (1902-1983) is a highly individual composer whose style is clearly influenced by the period in which he lived. Within works such as the two symphonies we find a bitter-sweet romanticism and also the syncopations associated with jazz. Walton was a choral scholar at Oxford and the choral tradition is clearly evident in pieces such as ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ and also the more intimate works such as ‘Drop, Slow Tears’. Walton was also keen to experiment and in ‘Façade’ we find the composer setting an interesting score to the poems of Edith Sitwell. Central to his output are the two marches ‘Crown Imperial’ and ‘Orb and Sceptre’ that have both become firm favourites with audiences.

www.waltontrust.org

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) is often seen as the most ‘English’ of composers. His music is strongly influenced by the folk traditions of this country. His earliest work ‘A Norfolk Rhapsody’ uses folk melodies that he collected in King’s Lynn and he made numerous setting of fine English tunes often sung to him by the workers in the field. He also had a great interest in English Tudor music and this manifests itself in his ‘Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis’. This is based on a hymn tune that he ‘discovered’ while editing the English Hymnal. He fostered a life-long friendship with the composer Gustav Holst and he leaves a great legacy of symphonies, choral music and chamber works.

www.rvwsociety.com

Herbert Howells

Herbert Howells was born in Lydney, Gloucester on 17th October 1892. In 1912 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied composition with Stanford and was considered the best of his generation of composers. He started his musical career as a cathedral organist and in 1936 succeeded Gustav Holst as director of music at St Paul's Girls' School in London. He taught composition for many years at the Royal College of Music, where Gordon Jacob was one of his pupils.

www.howellstrust.org.uk

J. S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Mass in B minor, the The Well-Tempered Clavier, his cantatas, chorales, partitas, Passions, and organ works. His music is revered for its intellectual depth, technical command, and artistic beauty.

www.jsbach.org

Charles Wood

Charles Wood was an Irish composer from Armagh who studied at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford and later at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He then went on to a teaching postition at Gonville and Caius as organ scholar then as fellow becoming the first Director of Music and Organist. After Stanford died, Wood assumed his mentor's vacant role as University of Cambridge Professor of Music in 1924.
His pupils included Ralph Vaughan Williams at Cambridge and Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wood_(composer)

Lennox Berkeley
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Gerald Finzi
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Erik Satie
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Claude Debussy
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Jean-Phillip Rameau
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Michel Blavet
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Gabriel Faure
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Darius Milhaud
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Jaques Ibert
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H. J. Gauntlett
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