Heap, Charles Swinnerton

1847-1900

An English pianist and conductor. Born in Birmingham, where he received his education in the Grammar School. He appeared as a boy soprano at a public concert in Birmingham. Won the Mendelssohn scholarship in 1865 for a two years' course in Leipsic, where he studied under Moscheles and Reinecke. At the end of his two years in Leipsic he became an organ pupil at Best's in Liverpool. In 1870 he was given the degree of Doctor of Music in Cambridge, where he later became examiner for musical degrees. He conducted at various times festival concerts in Wolverhampton, Hanley and Birmingham. His compositions include a piano trio, a sonata for piano and clarinet; a quintet for piano and wind-instruments; two overtures; cantatas; songs; and organ pieces.