Acton, John


English composer and vocal teacher. Studied first at Manchester and later at Milan under Lamperti. From 1882-1893 was organist in various churches. He has been professor of singing at the Royal College of Music, Manchester, since its opening in 1893. Became conductor of the St. Cecilia Choral Society of Manchester in 1894. His compositions  consist of two cantatas for female voices, Forest Bells, and The Rose and the Nightingale; a chorus for male voices, For Home and Liberty, which was awarded a prize, offered by the South London Musical Club in 1888; also duets; many songs; and piano pieces.