Charles Villiers Stanford
Irish composer, conductor and teacher Charles Stanford was born in Dublin on 30 September 1852, the son of a prominent Dublin lawyer. He studied at Cambridge University (helping to raise the status of CUMS - the Cambridge University Musical Society, and also, whilst still an undergraduate, being appointed organist of Trinity College) and then studied music in Leipzig (with Carl Reinecke) and Berlin (with Friedrich Kiel).
Stanford became one of the founding teachers at London's Royal College of Music, continuing to teach composition there for the rest of his days. Shunning modernism, he based his teachings on classical principles. Pupils included Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Conducting posts included the Bach Choir and Leeds Festival.
Best remembered for his choral works, he also wrote operas and seven symphonies.
He died in London on 29 March 1924.
A selection of M&V articles about Charles Villiers Stanford
CD Spotlight. Beautifully Managed - Music for Lent and Easter impresses Howard Smith. '... excellent musical standards and high technical achievements ...'
CD Spotlight. Novel Results - The first release on Robert King's new label, heard by Robert Anderson. '... may lack something in grandeur but nothing in subtlety.'
CD Spotlight. Elegant Precision - A recital by Charlotte de Rothschild, heard by Howard Smith. '... consistently reliable ...'
CD Spotlight. An Admirable Introduction - English violin sonatas by Dunhill, Bantock and Stanford, heard by Robert Anderson. '... affectionate performances by Susanne Stanzeleit and Gusztáv Fenyò ...'
Variety of Mood - Brahms and Stanford from The Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Unjustly Neglected - Orchestral tone poems by Boughton and Bainton impress Robert Anderson. '... performed with conviction and sensitivity ...'
Serious Fun - Lynn Norris looks back at the life of composer, conductor and pianist Aubrey Bowman
Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton
Multi-tasking - Peter Gould plays the organ at Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Tony Westerman
Ensemble. Various Challenges - Music by Trevor Hold, Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Delius and Vivaldi from the Derwent Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Glowingly Realised - Robert Manning, David Johnson and Tom Corfield share an organ recital at Derby Cathedral, appreciated by Mike Wheeler
Record box. Choral textures - An anniversary CD by an English cathedral choir, welcomed by Patric Standford
Ensemble. Sitting pretty? - Walton, Sainsbury and Stanford at the Three Choirs Festival, reviewed by Keith Bramich
CD Spotlight. A well-chosen anthology - Listening to 'A Century of English Song', with Trevor Hold. 'Veira is particularly good ...'
CD Spotlight - Unknown gems. 'Throughout, Varcoe and Benson give musicianly, affectionate performances ...' Two Hyperion albums of Stanford's songs, with Trevor Hold