Edward Bairstow

Biography

Born: August 22, 1874; Huddersfield, W. Yorks, England   Died: May 1, 1946; York, England  
Better known in his time as an organist, Edward Cuthbert Bairstow is best remembered today for his anthems for church service, particularly for "Save Us, O Lord," "Blessed City," and "Let all mortal flesh keep silence."He also wrote much other sacred music and a handful of organ and piano compositions.

Bairstow was born in Huddersfield, England, on August, 22, 1874. He enrolled at the University of Durham, where he studied organ and music
Read more theory, graduating in 1894. He obtained a doctorate degree in music from that university in 1901. His chief organ teachers were John Farmer and Frederick Bridge. He was an apprentice to the latter at Westminster Abbey from in 1893 to 1899, and during this same six-year period served as organist at All Saints Church, Norfolk Square. In 1899 he was appointed organist at Wigan Parish Church; while in this post he also took on duties as choral director for local groups and as a private vocal teacher. His earliest compositions date to this turn-of-the century era, with the aforementioned anthem "Save Us, O Lord" (1902) being his first great success.

His appointment as organist at Leeds Parish Church in 1907 allowed him to branch out into activity at the Leeds Festival, first as organist (1907 and 1910), then as conductor, from 1917 onward. Bairstow's next organ post came in 1913 at York Minster, a position he would retain for the rest of his life. It was during this York period that he composed perhaps his two most popular anthems, "Blessed City" (1914) and "Let all mortal flesh keep silence" (1925) and his masterly 1937 Organ Sonata.

Bairstow accepted a professorship at Durham University in 1929, but remained a resident in York owing to the light teaching demands at his alma mater. Bairstow received several important honors in the coming years: knighthood (1932) and honorary doctorate degrees at Leeds University (1936) and Oxford University (1945). Bairstow died in York on May 1, 1946. Read less
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  • 51.
    My Spirit Sang All Day / King's Singers
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49765 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Wood,  Stanley Wilson,  Traditional,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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  • 52.
    Best Loved Hymns / Cleobury, Choir Of King's College, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57026 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Edward Bairstow,  William Henry Harris,  Martin Luther
    Performer:  Benjamin Bayl,  Tom Williamson,  Thomas Bullard,  Sioned Williams
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  The Wallace Collection
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  • 53.
    Praise To The Holiest - Hymns From St. Paul's Parish
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7090 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Neumark,  Traditional,  Henry Purcell,  William Henry Monk  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Smith,  Bruce Neswick,  Matthew Watson
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.,  Washington Symphonic Brass
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  • 54.
    Evensong For St Etheldreda / Trepte, Choir Of Ely Cathedral
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Howard,  Basil Harwood,  Arthur Wills,  Richard Lloyd  ... 
    Performer:  David Price
    Conductor:  Paul Trepte
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ely Cathedral Choir
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  • 55.
    Psalms For The Soul - Howells, Stanford, Parry, Sumsion, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554823 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hylton Stewart,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Willcocks, David, Sir,  Ivor Atkins  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Bloss
    Conductor:  Noel Edison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Choir of St. John's
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  • 56.
    The Royal Golden Wedding / Westminster Abbey Choir
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4017 Release Date: 07/25/2000  
    Composer:  Basil Harwood,  Gordon Jacob,  Francis Jackson,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Baker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  London Brass
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  • 57.
    Hymns Through The Centuries / Cathedral Choral Society
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49112 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Martin Luther,  Traditional,  Johannes Crüger  ... 
    Conductor:  J. Reilly Lewis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  D.C. National Cathedral Choral Society Washington
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  • 58.
    The English Anthem Vol 7 / Scott, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67087 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Charles Wood,  John Goss  ... 
    Performer:  Huw Tregelles Williams,  Edward Burrowes,  Francis Steele,  Andrew Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
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  • 59.
    Hymns Of Heaven And Earth / Conte, Saint Clement's Choir
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90259 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  William Henry Harris,  Clement C. Scholefield,  Edward Bairstow  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew Glandorf
    Conductor:  Peter Richard Conte
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St Clement's Choir Philadelphia
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  • 60.
    Easter - Hymns, Carols & Anthems / Foster, Phillips, Et Al
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49097 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Traditional,  Peter Hurford,  Henry John Gauntlett  ... 
    Performer:  Phoebe Alexander,  Craig Phillips,  Casey Criste,  William Hanrahan  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Saint's Episcopal Church Choir Beverly Hills,  All Saints' Brass Ensemble
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  • 61.
    Psalms From St. Paul's Vol 4 - Psalms 41-55 / John Scott
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 03/11/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  Martin Luther,  John Foster,  Michael Wise  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lucas
    Conductor:  John Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
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  • 62.
    A Canterbury Celebration
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7116 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Jackson,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Alan Ridout,  Gerald Knight  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Harris,  Allan Wicks
    Conductor:  Allan Wicks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canterbury Cathedral Choir
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  • 63.
    Stanford, Services/Noble: Service/Jackson: Benedicite
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7117 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Tertius Noble,  Edward Bairstow,  Francis Jackson
    Conductor:  Paul Trepte
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ely Cathedral Choir
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  • 64.
    Treasure Of English Church Music / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edward Bairstow,  Elisabeth Poston,  Thomas Tallis,  Robert Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
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  • 65.
    No Room At The Inn / Leonard Ciampa, Et Al
    Label: Afka   Catalog: 428 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Adolf Merkel,  Arthur H. Brown,  Leonard Ciampa,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Ciampa,  Jennifer Lucht,  David Aspinwall,  William Hite  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concord Middle School Chamber Singers
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  • 66.
    Historic Organs Of New Orleans
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 89 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Carl Nielsen,  James Hewitt,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Mary Matthys,  Bruce Stevens,  Garry Savoie,  Lenora McCroskey  ... 
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  • 67.
    With Heart & Voice / Brian Jones, Ross Wood, Trinity Choir
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49071 Release Date: 07/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Sullivan,  Ross Wood,  Anne Harley,  Katharine Emory  ... 
    Conductor:  Brian Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Trinity Church Choir
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  • 68.
    Hark, How The Bells... / Donn Weiss, Ucla Madrigal Singers
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1082 Release Date: 10/18/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Edward Bairstow,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Donn Weiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  UCL A Madrigal Singers
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  • 69.
    A Choral Festival / Westminster Abbey & Ely Cathedral Choirs
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6603 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Walter Galpin Alcock,  James Bain,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Gifford,  Timothy Farrell
    Conductor:  Arthur Wills,  Douglas Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ely Cathedral Choir,  Westminster Abbey Choir,  Westminster Choir
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  • 70.
    The English Anthem Vol 2 / Scott, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66519 Release Date: 11/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Bainton,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gerald Finzi,  Patrick Gowers  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lucas
    Conductor:  John Scott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
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  • 71.
    Sing We Merrily - Choral Music From St John's Cathedral
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3125 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Weaver,  Gerald Near,  Philip E. Baker,  Donald Pearson  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Plutz,  Tom Blomster,  Alex Komodore
    Conductor:  Donald Pearson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Denver St. John's Episcopal Cathedral Choirs
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  • 72.
    Hail, Gladdening Light / John Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 12/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  William Henry Harris,  John Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
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