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Walford Davies

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Walford Davies


Walford Davies (6 September 1869, Oswestry, Shropshire, England – 11 March 1941, London) was a English composer.

Davies studied composition at the Royal College of Music and joined the staff there in 1895 to teach counterpoint. During that period, he gained notice as a church organist, especially at the Temple Church. From 1919-1926, he was a professor of music at the University of Wales.

Davies led the famous Bach Choir and was appointed director of music of the Royal Air Force in 1917. He became Master of the Kings Musick upon the death of Elgar in 1934 and was well known for his BBC radio program, Music for the Ordinary Listener.

Davies was also the author of several books on musical subjects. The march he wrote for the RAF, Royal Air Force March Past, is his best known work.

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