September 30, 1852, Dublin, Ireland.

March 29, 1924, London, England.

Westminster Abbey, London, England.

© National Portrait Gallery

Son of a lawyer, Stanford attended Cambridge University in 1870, and earned 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. In 1883, he became the first professor of composition and orchestra at the Royal College of Music. From 1885-1902, he conducted the London Bach Choir. From 1887-1924, he taught at Cambridge University. From 1901-10, he conducted the Leeds Festival. 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