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Brewer, (Sir) (Alfred) Herbert

Brewer, (Sir) (Alfred) Herbert (b Gloucester, 1865; d Gloucester, 1928). Eng. organist, conductor, and composer assoc. in all 3 capacities with Gloucester meeting of 3 Choirs Fest. Chorister Gloucester Cath. 1877–80. Org., St Giles, Oxford, 1882–5, org. schol. Exeter College, Oxford, 1883. Studied RCM 1883–5. Org., Bristol Cath., 1885, St Michael's, Coventry, 1886–92. Mus. master Tonbridge Sch. 1892–6. Org. and choirmaster Gloucester Cath. 1896–1928. Comps. incl. cantatas Emmaus (1901, some of it scored by Elgar) and The Holy Innocents (1904), and services and anthems, but his best mus. is in his secular comps. such as 3 Elizabethan Pastorals for v. and orch. (1906), and Jillian of Berry, song-cycle (1921). Wrote Marche héroïque for org., 1914. Knighted 1926.

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