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Anthony Milner

'Working in a strongly conservative idiom, but with wide and humane musical interests, Milner has succeeded in bringing an enlightened and refreshing breath of life to the English choral tradition' - Hugh Wood.

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'... these fine works cry out for a revival' - Roderic Dunnett.

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Born in Bristol on 13 May 1925, the English composer Anthony Milner studied at Douai School, Woolhampton, Berkshire, and then won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music - piano with Herbert Fryer, theory with R O Morris and composition (studied privately) with Matyas Seiber. He then taught music theory and history at Morley College, London until 1962, and from 1961, was on the RCM staff part-time.

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In 1964 he visited the USA for a lecture tour which was to be repeated often in later years. He was composer in residence with Loyola University, New Orleans. In summer 1976 he gave a post-graduate course in twentieth century music at the University of Western Ontario. From 1980-89 he was Principal Lecturer at the RCM.

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From 1954-65, as director of the London Cantata Ensemble, he gave the first broadcast performances in the UK of many Buxtehude cantatas, and frequently conducted performances of his own music.

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As a catholic composer whose faith touched even his secular music, Milner was rewarded in 1985 by Pope John Paul II with an appointment as a Knight of St Gregory, and has been described as the foremost British catholic composer of his generation.

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Milner died on 22 September 2002 in Spain, where he had spent the last two years of his life.

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