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Henry Walford Davies

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Born: September 6, 1869; Oswestry, Shropshire   Died: March 11, 1941; London, England  
At various times in his 45-year career, Sir Henry Walford Davies enjoyed wide recognition as a composer, teacher, organist, and lecturer and in the latter capacity, he became England's first popular radio personality on the subject of classical music. Henry Walford Davies was born 50 years before the advent of radio as a popular broadcast medium, in 1869, and began his formal musical education in his teens in the choir of St. George's Chapel at Read more Windsor. His natural aptitude for music manifested itself in this setting and Davies 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 age 26 as a teacher of counterpoint. He composed during these years, but it was as an organist that Davies became well-known at a succession of churches in the London area, including seven years at Christ Church, Hampstead, before becoming the organist and choirmaster at Temple Church from 1898 until 1919. Davies later held the conductorship of the Bach Choir and in 1918, after being commissioned a major, he was appointed director of music for the Royal Air Force, the position where he wrote his best-known work, the RAF March Past. In 1919, Davies began a distinct new phase of his career when he was appointed professor of music at Aberystwyth, Wales. Over the next 20 years, Davies became one of the leading exponents of Welsh music and musicians, serving as the chairman of the Welsh National Council of Music and acquiring the eternal gratitude of all Welsh people of a musical bent (which by and large meant the entire Welsh population). It was three years later that he received a knighthood. From the end of the teens onward, Davies also found himself in demand as a lecturer on music, his clear diction and outgoing, genial personality making his talks accessible to a wide audience. In the early '20s, he made a series of spoken-word recordings on music for the HMV label. They were so successful that in 1926, the BBC engaged Davies as the speaker on a program called Music and the Ordinary Listener, which lasted until the outbreak of war in 1939. In the process, Davies became the most popular classical music personality in England, occupying a position in the culture of that time akin to that of Deems Taylor, Leonard Bernstein, and other speakers on music in the United States. In 1934, following the death of Elgar, Davies was appointed Master of the King's Musick, the equivalent of Poet Laureate, and a position once held by his own teacher, Parratt.

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. Apart from his RAF March Past, which remains in the repertory of military and other institutional marching bands (especially in England), Davies' best-remembered works include the Solemn Melody (1908), authored for the John Milton tercentenary; and Jesu, Dulcis Memoria (1918), his only published original piece for organ. In 2001, Dutton Laboratories released a CD tribute to Davies, including compositions by him and also dedicated to him, and two of his broadcast lectures from 1937. Read less
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  • 1.
    Christmas Flutes / Jones-Reus, University of Georgia Flutes
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 52700-MCD Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  William James Kirkpatrick,  James Pierpont  ... 
    Conductor:  Angela Jones-Reus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Georgia Flutes
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    Christmas with Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002777002 Release Date: 12/15/2017  
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Adolphe Adam,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Conductor:  David Newsholme
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir
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    Hoert! Die Engelsboten singen / Bavarian Radio Chorus
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900506 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Albert Becker,  Heinrich Kaminski,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  François Leleux,  Anonymous
    Conductor:  Florian Helgath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Choir
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    The Complete Argo Recordings / The Choir of St. John's College Cambridge, Guest
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831252 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Otto Goldschmidt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Roberts,  Peter White,  George Guest,  Richard Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Brass  ... 
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    Carols from Chelsea / Vann, Orford, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 0161 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  James Orford,  Eloise Irving,  Thomas Stoddart,  Angus McPhee  ... 
    Conductor:  William Vann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
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    Nowell Sing We! / Quinney, Choir of New College Oxford
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1390 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Francisco Guerrero,  Henry John Gauntlett  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Quinney
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    On Christmas Night / Hyde, Williams, Choir of Magdalen College
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9022 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Steel,  Johannes Brahms,  Robin Nelson,  Richard Lloyd  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lapwood,  Daniel Hyde,  William Fox,  Harry Gant  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
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  • 8.
    Sing Noel / Patterson, Gloriae Dei Cantores
    Label: Paraclete Recordings   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Hunter,  Gerald Near,  Dale Jergenson,  William Billings  ... 
    Performer:  Jay Humeston,  James E. Jordan Jr.,  David Chalmers,  Matthew Witter  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson,  Richard J. Pugsley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Glorić Dei Artes Instrumental Ensemble,  Gloriae Dei Ringers  ... 
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    A Caroling Christmas / Gloriae Dei Cantores
    Label: Solesmes   Catalog: 07 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Hunter,  Gerald Near,  Dale Jergenson,  William Billings  ... 
    Performer:  Jay Humeston,  James E. Jordan Jr.,  David Chalmers,  Matthew Witter  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson,  Richard J. Pugsley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Glorić Dei Artes Instrumental Ensemble,  Gloriae Dei Ringers  ... 
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    A Christmas Garland
    Label: Solesmes   Catalog: 05 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Hunter,  Gerald Near,  Dale Jergenson,  William Billings  ... 
    Performer:  Jay Humeston,  James E. Jordan Jr.,  David Chalmers,  Matthew Witter  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson,  Richard J. Pugsley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Glorić Dei Artes Instrumental Ensemble,  Gloriae Dei Ringers  ... 
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    O Little Bethlehem
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 51710 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude T. Smith,  Traditional,  Ralph Blane,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Stoffel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northridge Wind Ensem California State University
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  • 12.
    Song of the Nativity / Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16146 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morten Lauridsen,  Howard Skempton,  Traditional,  Gabriel Jackson  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Dobell,  Ben Davies,  Julie Cooper,  Alexandra Kidgell  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
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    The Season's Sacred Mystery
    Label: Paraclete Recordings   Catalog: 06 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Hunter,  Gerald Near,  Dale Jergenson,  William Billings  ... 
    Performer:  Jay Humeston,  James E. Jordan Jr.,  David Chalmers,  Matthew Witter  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson,  Richard J. Pugsley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Glorić Dei Artes Instrumental Ensemble,  Gloriae Dei Ringers  ... 
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  • 14.
    Christmas 101
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002507302 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Simon Preston,  Harvey Alan,  David Corkhill  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Christmas with St. John's / Nethsingha, Choir of St. John's Cambridge
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 458 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  Traditional,  William Mathias,  Cecilia McDowall  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
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    A Western Borderland / Honeybourne
    Label: Em Records   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Walford Davies,  Ivor Gurney,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Francis
    Performer:  Duncan Honeybourne
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  • 17.
    The Complete Traditional Christmas Carols Collection
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16136 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Henry Walford Davies,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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    Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir / Gant, Vox Turturis
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 387 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Thomas Helmore,  Henry Walford Davies,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Tom [Tenor Vocal] Phillips,  Basil McDonald,  David Quinn,  Nicholas Keay  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Gant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Turturis
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  • 19.
    British Music / Groves
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614724 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Eric Coates,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne,  Anne Collins,  Patricia Hogan,  Claudia Lindsey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Liverpool Chorus,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    English Hymn Anthems / Cleobury, King’s College Choir
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles H. Parry,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Edward Bairstow,  Percy Whitlock  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury,  Alison Balsom,  Stephen Cleobury
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 21.
    The Great British Carol Collection / Choir Of Trinity College Cambridge
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503770 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Marlow,  Traditional,  Patrick Hadley,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Pearce,  Graham Jackson,  Richard Marlow,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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  • 22.
    Carols From King's College, Cambridge
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 628790 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Hare,  John [classical organ] Wells,  Stephen Varcoe,  Benjamin Bayl  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 23.
    Places Of The Spirit: Music And Images Inspired By The Berkshires
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 851 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaelic Traditional,  Toru Takemitsu,  Peter Schickele,  Leon Kirchner  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Cyro Baptista
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  • 24.
    Sir Adrian Boult - The Complete Conductor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1927023 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gustav Holst,  Robert Simpson,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing: Famous Christmas Carols
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900507 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Albert Becker,  Heinrich Kaminski,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  Francois Leleux
    Conductor:  Florian Helgath
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