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Charles Villiers Stanford (Composer)

Born: 30th September 1852, Dublin

Died: 29th March 1924, London

Nationality: Irish

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was an Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor of the late Romantic era. Born to a well-off and highly musical family in Dublin, Stanford was educated at the University of Cambridge before studying music in Leipzig and Berlin. He was instrumental in raising the status of the Cambridge University Musical Society, attracting international stars to perform with it.

While still an undergraduate, Stanford was appointed organist of Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1882, aged 29, he was one of the founding professors of the Royal College of Music, where he taught composition for the rest of his life.

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Interview, Stanford String Quartets from the Dante Quartet

David talks to violinist Krysia Osostowicz and musicologist Jeremy Dibble about the final volume in the Dante Quartet's Stanford cycle.

Recording of the Week, Stanford Ceremonial Works from Howard Shelley and the Ulster Orchestra

Pomp and circumstance aplenty in A Song of Agincourt and the 'Solemn March and Heroic Epilogue' Verdun, and ethereal magic from the ladies of Codetta chamber choir in Fairy Day.

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