Steel, (Charles) Christopher

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Steel, (Charles) Christopher (b London, 1939; d Cheltenham, 1991). Eng. composer. Taught mus. at Cheltenham College, 1963–6, ass. dir. of mus. Bradfield College 1966–8, dir. 1966–81. Wrote several works for amateur enjoyment in addition to orch. mus. and choral pieces. Chief comps.: 7 syms. (3rd being A Shakespeare Symphony for bar., ch., orch., 1965); conc., str. qt., orch. (1966); org. conc.; Odyssey (suite for brass band, 1973); Mass in 5 movts., sop., ten., ch., orch. (1964); Gethsemane, cantata (1964); Mary Magdalene, cantata (1966); Paradise Lost, cantata, sop., ten., bass, ch., orch. (1966); Passion and Resurrection according to St Mark, sop., ten., bass, ch., orch. (1979); pf. sonatinas; cl. sonatina; Divertimento, wind quintet; pf. trio; str. qt.; 6 Pieces, org.; org. sonata; fl. trio, etc., and chamber opera Angry River (f.p. Cheltenham, 1990).