William Sterndale Bennett
Sir William Sterndale Bennett was an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. At the age of ten Bennett was admitted to the London Royal Academy of Music. He was Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge from 1856 until 1875. Bennett had a significant influence on English music, not solely as a composer.
About William Sterndale Bennett in brief
Sir William Sterndale Bennett was an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. At the age of ten Bennett was admitted to the London Royal Academy of Music. He was Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge from 1856 until 1875. In 1866 he became Principal of the RAM, rescuing it from closure, and remained in this position until his death. Bennett had a significant influence on English music, not solely as a composer but also as a teacher, as a promoter of standards of musical education and as an important figure in London concert life. In recent years, appreciation of Bennett’s compositions has been rekindled and a number of his works, including a symphony, his piano concerti, some vocal music and many of his piano compositions, have been recorded. Bennett was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the third child and only son of Robert Bennett, the organist of Sheffield parish church, and his wife Elizabeth, née Donn. In addition to his duties as an organist, Robert Bennett was a conductor, composer and piano teacher; he named his son after his friend William SterNDale, some of whose poems the elder Bennett had set to music. Bennett did not study singing, but when the production of The Marriage of Figaro was mounted in 1830, Bennett, aged 14, was cast in the boy-soprano role of the page Cherubino.
He died in London in 1875 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. The Tempest received its public premiere in November 28, 2016, at an orchestral concert on Cambridge University’s Waverly Hill. The Harmonicon, however, called his performance ‘in every way a blot on the way’, called it ‘the most pleasing and pleasing performance of every performance’ by the audience, but acknowledged that Bennett sang and sang to the satisfaction of the audience. The symphony was an overture to The Tempest, and received its premiere at Cambridge University on 28 November, 2016. It was the first public performance of the symphony by a British symphony orchestra, and the first time it had been performed in public since the first performance of The Tempest in 1788. The piece was recorded by the BBC and is available on CD, DVD, CD and Blu-ray. For more information on The Tempest and other works by Bennett, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/features/the-tapestry-of-the- Tempest-and-other-works-by-William-Sterndale-Bennett-on-28- November-28, 28 November 16, 28 November 28, 28 28 stralo of The Tempest. The Tempest is also available on Blu-Ray, DVD and CD at £25.99, £35.99 and £50.99. For the full version of this article, visit www.bbC.com/thespenticon.