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Sir Walter Parratt

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Sir Walter Parratt

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27 Mar 1924 (aged 83)
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Armitage Bridge, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England Add to Map
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English organist and composer, KCVO. He began to play the pipe organ from an early age, and held posts as an organist while still a child. He was child prodigy: on one occasion he played Bach's complete The Well-Tempered Clavier by heart, without notice, at the age of only ten. From 1854 to 1861 he was an organist at St Paul's Church in his native town and, as successor to John Stainer, in 1872 at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he remained for ten years. From 1882 he held the post of organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. He became Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University in 1908, taking over from Hubert Parry. He had previously been Organist and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He became one of the foremost organ teachers of his day, with many important posts in Britain being filled by his students. He was president of the Royal College of Organists. He was also a distinguished chess player, and was able to simultaneously play chess and a complex organ piece at first sight. He served for a few months as president of the Oxford University Chess Club and for two years was captain of the eight chosen to play against Cambridge.
In 1893 he was appointed Master of the Queen's Musick to Queen Victoria, and afterward held the same office under Kings Edward VII and George V.
English organist and composer, KCVO. He began to play the pipe organ from an early age, and held posts as an organist while still a child. He was child prodigy: on one occasion he played Bach's complete The Well-Tempered Clavier by heart, without notice, at the age of only ten. From 1854 to 1861 he was an organist at St Paul's Church in his native town and, as successor to John Stainer, in 1872 at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he remained for ten years. From 1882 he held the post of organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. He became Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University in 1908, taking over from Hubert Parry. He had previously been Organist and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He became one of the foremost organ teachers of his day, with many important posts in Britain being filled by his students. He was president of the Royal College of Organists. He was also a distinguished chess player, and was able to simultaneously play chess and a complex organ piece at first sight. He served for a few months as president of the Oxford University Chess Club and for two years was captain of the eight chosen to play against Cambridge.
In 1893 he was appointed Master of the Queen's Musick to Queen Victoria, and afterward held the same office under Kings Edward VII and George V.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89953567/walter-parratt: accessed ), memorial page for Sir Walter Parratt (10 Feb 1841–27 Mar 1924), Find a Grave Memorial ID 89953567, citing St Paul Churchyard, Armitage Bridge, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479).