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Anthony Cæsar (1924–2018)

Born in Southampton, Anthony Cæsar was a chorister of Winchester Cathedral, Music Scholar of Cranleigh School (obtaining his ARCO at the age of 17) and later of Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was taught by Harold Darke (composer of the popular Christmas work ‘In the bleak midwinter’), amongst others. After war service in the RAF, he graduated in Music and History and gained his FRCO, becoming Assistant Music Master at Eton College under Sydney Watson and organist of Windsor Parish Church before becoming Precentor (Director of Music) of Radley College.

Following ordination in 1961 his ministry included being headquarters chaplain of the RSCM at Addington Palace, resident priest of St Stephen’s, Bournemouth (where Percy Whitlock was once organist), Precentor, Sacrist and Canon Residentiary of Winchester and, latterly, Sub-Dean of HM Chapels Royal and Domestic Chaplain to The Queen. During the 1980s, Anthony was occasional accompanist of St George’s choir, composing a number of works for this and other choirs.

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