Lloyd, Charles Harford


Born at Thornbury, Glouscestershire, England. He entered Magdalen Hall (now Hertford College) in 1868, holding an open classical scholarship, graduating as Bachelor of Music in 1871, Bachelor of Arts in 1872, Master of Arts in 1875, in 1890 proceeding to the degree of Doctor of Music. While a student he was one of the founders and the first president of the Oxford University Musical Club, which has so materially advanced classical music in the University. In 1876 he was appointed organist of the Gloucester Cathedral, and in 1882 was made organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and in this year he also became conductor of the Choral Society. He was teacher of organ in the Royal College of Music from 1887 to 1892, when he became precentor and musical instructor of Eton College. He became one of the council of the Royal College of Music in 1902, and during the year 1902-1903 he was engaged on the music of a new edition of Church Hymns. He has gained a high reputation as a conductor. Among his compositions are the cantatas, Hero and Leander, Song of Balder, Andromeda, A Hymn of Thanksgiving, The Souls of the Righteous, and others; choruses and incidental music to Alcestis; much church-music; organ sonatas and concertos; madrigals; and songs.