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Ernest Bullock

revised by K. D. Reynolds

musician , was born in Huddersfield on 22 August 1874, the eldest child and only son of James Oates Bairstow , wholesale clothier, and his wife, Elizabeth Adeline, née Watson. His father had a tenor voice and was a member of the Huddersfield Choral Society. Bairstow was educated at the high school, Nottingham , where his grandparents lived, until in 1889 his father retired and the family moved to London where he attended the Grocers' Company's School at Hackney Downs , and later had coaching from a private tutor. In Huddersfield he had been taught the

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Hospital, Holmfirth, West Riding of Yorkshire , the only child of Hubert Castle , an insurance agent, and his wife, Eliza Alice Swallow , a mill worker. His childhood was spent in Scholes , a village near Huddersfield , from where he attended Honley grammar school. An early interest in music was encouraged by his mother—a keen member of the Huddersfield Choral Society —and he began receiving lessons in both singing and tap-dancing at the age of seven. When he was twelve his mother arranged for him to appear in a local variety show, Youth on Parade , run during the

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F. H. Shera

revised by James J. Nott

degrees of BMus in 1889 and DMus in 1894. From 1896 to 1908 he was chorus master of the Sheffield music festival, which quickly achieved worldwide fame by setting up and maintaining a new standard of choral excellence. In 1906 and 1910 he took a Yorkshire chorus to Germany. In 1908 he was training and conducting choral societies in Sheffield , Leeds , Huddersfield , Newcastle , and Glasgow. In that year he and his singers toured Canada and in 1911 they made a round-the-world tour of the empire. These years were the zenith of Coward's career, and he was

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the BBC and made over 300 broadcasts during her career, including regular recitals, concerts, and studio operas—notably in the title roles of Venus and Adonis , Julius Caesar , and Carmen. She was the mezzo-soprano soloist in the first televised Messiah , with the Huddersfield Choral Society under Sir Malcolm Sargent , and she performed at the BBC Promenade Concerts for no fewer than thirteen successive seasons. It was her return to Glyndebourne that interrupted this extraordinary (and during her lifetime probably unbeaten) record, with appearances in

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abroad rarely arose, so his name was little known outside the United Kingdom. He had an extensive song repertory, but much of his best singing was done in large-scale choral works such as the Bach passions, Mendelssohn's Elijah , and Vaughan Williams's Sea Symphony. He was greatly admired in Elgar's The Apostles , of which The Times wrote, on a performance by the Royal Choral Society in 1951: Among the solo singers the most outstanding was Mr Roy Henderson , who delivered the words of Jesus with a gentle, firm conviction that tallied with his ability

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Ascough , a tallow chandler of Masham in 1839, the year in which his first publication, the anthem 'For joy let fertile valleys ring' , was issued by Novello. The following year the Huddersfield Glee Club awarded him first prize for 'The Sisters of the Sea' , which Novello also published, and in 1841 he dedicated a setting of Psalm 103 to the Huddersfield Choral Society. He married Mary Coultman of Leyburn on 27 July 1842. Two years later Novello published his oratorio The Deliverance of Israel from Babylon , which was favourably received at pe

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Gledhill , a Huddersfield merchant. From 1868 to 1872 Parratt was organist and choirmaster of Wigan parish church , and during this time the first of five children (one son and four daughters) was born to him and his wife. In 1872, aged thirty-one, he succeeded John Stainer as organist of Magdalen College, Oxford , a position he held until 1882. At Oxford , where he lived at 17 St Giles' , he conducted the choirs of Jesus and Trinity colleges, the musical societies of Exeter , Jesus , and Pembroke colleges, the Oxford Choral Society , and the Trinity

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s to other sufferers were really an offering to her. In 1950 Sargent was chosen to follow Sir Adrian Boult as conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and entered the final, most influential, stage of his career. With that orchestra, the BBC Chorus , the Royal Choral Society , the Huddersfield Choir , the Promenade Concerts, and many appearances as guest conductor with other ensembles, he enjoyed unrivalled opportunities for music-making on a great scale. Old prejudices had largely evaporated, and his interpretations were now seen to be equal to those of any

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of the Bridge End Independent Chapel, Rastrick; and Daniel Sugden , who was associated with both the Halifax Choral Society and the Halifax Sunday School Jubilee Sings. She made her début at Deighton , an industrial hamlet near Huddersfield , in 1834, became a founder member of the Huddersfield Choral Society in 1836, and sang with the Halifax Choral Society , the Yorkshire Choral Union , and church and chapel choirs in Brighouse , Huddersfield , Rastrick , Southowram. She attracted the attention of royalty, earning the compliments of the prince consort

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timbre, he engaged her immediately and went on to become her most decisive influence. He regularly used her for performances with the Royal and Huddersfield choral societies, and considered her his ideal interpreter for his orchestration of Brahms's Four Serious Songs. In 1954 he chose her for the part of the Angel for his critically acclaimed EMI recording of The Dream of Gerontius with the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She then went on to record with Sargent Handel's Messiah (twice), Mendelssohn's

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Love (1959) and A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table (1962), and a Gloria (1960) for the 125th anniversary of Huddersfield Choral Society. In 1963 came one of his best and most elegant compositions, the Variations on a Theme of Hindemith. Again, its initial reception was tepid. Last two decades In 1963 Walton travelled to Israel , the United States , Australia , and New Zealand to conduct his own works. His next new compositions were both choral, The Twelve (to a text by W. H. Auden ) for his alma mater Christ Church Cathedral choir, and a Missa brevis

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1922–1986 ), aeronautical engineer , was born in Huddersfield on 29 October 1922, the elder son and eldest of four children of Frank Wittrick (1894–1960) , who had been wounded during the First World War, had a variety of jobs, and finally worked for an engineering firm in Huddersfield , and his wife, Jessie , the eldest child of Walter Jury , a local builder. Jessie was a proficient pianist and, prior to her marriage, had sung in the Huddersfield Choral Society. Wittrick's secondary education was at Huddersfield College where, because of his excellent higher