Born: Sep­tem­ber 30, 1852, Dub­lin, Ire­land.

Died: March 29, 1924, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Eng­land.

© National Portrait Gallery

Son of a law­yer, Stan­ford at­tend­ed Cam­bridge Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1870, earn­ing his ba­che­lor’s de­gree in 1874. He stu­died in Leip­zig and Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny (1874–76), and earned his mas­ter’s de­gree in 1877.

He was or­gan­ist at Tri­ni­ty Col­lege (1873–82), and com­posed and con­duct­ed mu­sic­al so­ci­e­ties. He con­duct­ed the Lon­don Bach Choir (1885–1902), and the Leeds Fes­ti­val (1901–10).

In 1883, he be­came the first pro­fess­or of com­po­si­tion and or­ches­tra at the Roy­al Col­lege of Mu­sic. From 1887–1924, he taught at Cam­bridge Un­i­ver­si­ty. He was knight­ed in 1902.

In ad­di­tion to a bo­dy of church and cham­ber mu­sic, Stan­ford’s works in­clude:

  1. Airedale
  2. Engelberg
  3. Fitzroy
  4. Geronimo
  5. Luard
  6. St. Basil the Great
  7. St. Pat­rick’s Breast­plate