Articles with the tag: Musical


Denis Matthews (1919 – 1988)

Denis Matthews (1919 – 1988)

Concert pianist & writer When Denis Matthews left Warwick School in 1935 to take up a scholarship  at the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of his erstwhile masters said “They tell me that you are going in for music Matthews but what do you intend doing with...
Robert Simpson, Composer and Writer, 1921 – 1997

Robert Simpson, Composer and Writer, 1921 – 1997

Robert Wilfrid Levick Simpson, internationally renowned as one of the most prolific 20th century composers of symphonies and chamber music, was born at 21 Rosefield Street Leamington in March 1921, where his parents, as officers of the Leamington Spa Corps of the...
Leamington Spa Brass Bands: A Brief History

Leamington Spa Brass Bands: A Brief History

From its earliest days as a Spa town, Leamington has always hosted bands and their music. There used to be military bands playing in the Pump Room Gardens every morning in the summer season, – an unwelcome distraction in the early years of the 20th century, for...
William Charles Denis Browne

William Charles Denis Browne

Composer, Conductor, Pianist, Organist and Music Critic (aka The Man Who Buried Rupert Brooke) Born in Leamington in 1888 to distinguished Anglo-Irish parents, William was educated first at Greyfriars Preparatory School in Leamington, and although he won a mathematics...
Ethel Harraden

Ethel Harraden

Ethel Rosalie Harraden (Mrs Frank Glover) – 1857-1917. Ethel Rosalie Harraden was born in Islington, the older daughter of Samuel Harraden, a London and Calcutta Agent, and also a musician. She was reputed to have begun composing at the age of five, and later studied...