Dunkley, Ferdinand Luis


Composer and organist, who was born in London and studied first under G. A. Higgs, from 1885 to 1886, and then was a pupil in the practising schools of St. John's, Battersea, under Edward Mills. He studied at Trinity College, London, under E. H. Turpin, in composition and gained, in 1886, a scholarship for composition in the Royal College of Music, where, for four years he was a pupil in composition of Dr. Hubert Parry, and studied organ under George Martin and piano under Barnett. Mr. Dunkley's first position was that of organist at St. Jude's, London, from 1885 to 1887. From 1892 to 1893 he was director of music at Battersea Grammar School and was made a fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 1886. His first composition was a suite for orchestra, which gained the prize of fifty guineas, offered by the directors of the Promenade concerts at Her Majesty's Theatre, in 1889. In 1893 Mr. Dunkley came to America and was appointed Master of Music in St. Agnes* School, Albany, N. Y.; then moved to Asheville, N. C, where he resided two years, from 1899 to 1901. He then removed to New Orleans, where he now resides, as organist of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and of Touro Synagogue. Since 1902 he has conducted the New Orleans Choral-Symphony Society. Mr. Dunkley gave organ recitals at the World's Fair, St. Louis, and at the Buffalo Exposition. His compositions include The Wreck of the Hesperus, a ballad for chorus and orchestra, which was performed with success at the Crystal Palace, London, in 1894; The Elected Knight, for male chorus with piano accompaniment; an elegie for piano; an anthem, O Come All Ye  Faithful; numerous songs and smaller pieces. He has also written several works for the Jewish Synagogue, including an anthem, From Sinai's Crest; a Sabbath Eve service and a setting of the Adon Olom, which has been pronounced by some authorities as the finest ever written.