Davies, Henry Walford


An English organist, who was born at Oswestry, and at twelve years of age became a chorister in St. George's Chapel, Windsor. He studied under Sir Walter Parratt, and was organist of the Park Chapel, Windsor. After holding many positions as organist in various churches he became, in 1894, an associate of the Royal College of Music for composition, and the next year succeeded Rockstro as professor of counterpoint there. He has written a piano quintet in E flat; a symphony in D, published in 1895; a cantat, Herve Riel (after Browning's poem), performed at the Royal College in 1895, when it attracted much attention; and much chamber-music, in which he excelled. In 1894 he won the Bristol Orpheus Society's prize with his glee, The Sturdy Rock. He has also written madrigals; love songs; and a cantata, Everyman, a setting of the mystery play which was written for the Leeds Festival in 1904; a cathedral service; anthems; and sonatas, besides other works.