Edward Bairstow


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.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    A Choral Festival / Westminster Abbey & Ely Cathedral Choirs
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6603 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Georges Bizet,  George Dyson,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Gifford,  Timothy Farrell
    Conductor:  Arthur Wills,  Douglas Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ely Cathedral Choir,  Westminster Choir,  Westminster Abbey Choir
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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