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Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)

Irish by birth, Stanford was destined to follow his father’s footsteps as a lawyer. As a condition of allowing him to attempt a musical career, his father insisted that he read classics at Cambridge before taking the usual course of intending musicians… in Leipzig. The young and hopeful musician obediently went to Queen’s College, Cambridge and, as so many have since done, spent more time in making music than reading for his degree. In his third year he was appointed organist of Trinity and conductor of two choral societies which he combined to form the Cambridge University Musical Society, known ever since affectionately as ‘CUMS’.

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