Wood, Charles

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Wood, Charles (b Armagh, 1866; d Cambridge, 1926). Irish composer and teacher. Taught harmony at RCM from 1888, later becoming prof. Cond. Cambridge Univ. Mus. Soc. 1888–94. Org. scholar Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, 1889–94. Lect. in harmony and counterpoint, Cambridge Univ., 1897–1924, prof. of mus. from 1924. Pupils incl. Vaughan Williams. Wrote mus. for Gr. plays; 2 chamber operas, A Scene from Pickwick (1921) and The Family Party (1923); Ode to the West Wind (1894); Dirge for Two Veterans (1901); 3 str. qts.; partsongs; solo songs incl. Ethiopia Saluting the Colours (Whitman); and much church mus. incl. over 30 anthems and several services. Wrote the chimes for the clock of Gonville and Caius Coll.