Sir Edward Bairstow
Edward Bairstow was born in Huddersfield in 1874. After a period teaching at
Windsor, in 1893
he became an apprentice to Frederick Bridge at Westminster Abbey, where he
stayed for six years as pupil and assistant. He also held an appointment as
Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints', Norfolk Square, London until 1899,
when he went to Lancashire to take up the post of Organist at Wigan Parish
Church. In 1906 he moved to Leeds Parish Church and was appointed Organist of
York Minster in 1913, a post he held until his death in 1946.
In York he maintained the choral services at a high level and greatly widened
He took the
Doctorate of Music examinations at the University of Durham in 1902 and became
Professor of Music there in 1929. This did not necessitate a move from York to
Durham, for he was only required to give one lecture each year in order to
fulfil his commitment. He was knighted in 1932, and received the Degree of Hon.
D.Litt. from Leeds University in 1936.
See Francis Jackson:
Blessed City. The Life and Works of Edward C. Bairstow
, William Sessions, York 1996. ISBN No. 1 85072 182 3. (See also the
by Steven Rhode.)