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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 8505
Status: Available
Price: £10.00
  Walford Davies

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English composer, teacher, broadcaster and conductor, Master of the King's Music from 1934 until his death.

Davies began his formal musical education in his teens in the choir of St. George's Chapel at Windsor. It was here that his natural aptitude for music manifested itself and he spent five years as a pupil/assistant to the cathedral organist Walter Parratt. In 1890, he earned a scholarship to the Royal College of Music that allowed him to study with Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford, and he joined the college's faculty at the age of 26 as a teacher of counterpoint.

It was as an organist that Davies became well known, at a succession of churches in the London area, before becoming the organist and choirmaster at Temple Church from 1898 until 1919.

In 1919, Davies began a new phase of his career when he was appointed professor of music at Aberystwyth in Wales and over the next 20 years, he became one of the leading exponents of Welsh music and musicians.

With his clear diction and warm, friendly personality, he also found himself much in demand as a lecturer on music. In 1926, the BBC engaged him as the speaker on a programme called Music and the Ordinary Listener, which lasted until the outbreak of war in 1939 and made him the most popular classical music personality in England.

Davies composed music throughout his career, though virtually nothing of his work from the nineteenth century is known. He began emerging in 1904 with the oratorio Everyman, which in the years following its premiere was the second-most popular large-scale choral work in England, after Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

Davies’ most famous work springs from 1918, when he was appointed Director of Music for the Royal Air Force. It was for them that he write the eternal RAF March Past.

This is a fine signature in blue fountain pen ink on a small card (3.25" x 1.5") In good condition. Lightly mounted to a 5.5" x 3.5" postcard  with photo corners.