Henry Brinley Richards

Henry Brinley Richards

Birth
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Death 1 May 1885 (aged 65)
Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Burial West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 9018043 · View Source
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British (Welsh) Composer and Pianist. Henry Brinley Richards was born in Carmarthen, where his father, Henry Richards, was the organist at St. Peter's Church. At the age of fifteen, he entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he became the first pupil to gain the King's scholarship. Eventually, he became a director and a professor of the Academy. He went on to study in Paris, under Frederic Chopin. His "Overture in F Minor" was first performed in Paris in 1840, and has been described as "a deserved success", but Richards is best remembered for his songs, many of which evoke his native land: "Let the Hills Resound," "Harp of Wales," and, most famous of all, "God Bless the Prince of Wales" (1862). On St. David's Day, 1st. April 1867, Richards was presented to the Prince, who became King Edward VII. He died at his house, 1 St. Mary Abbot's Terrace, Kensington, London. The inscription on his gravestone reads: 'In loving memory of Henry Brinley Richards, Pengerdd Towy. Born at Carmarthen, November 18th. 1837. Died at Kensington, May 1st. 1885. Also of Harriet, widow of the above, daughter of William Banting. Born March 26th. 1830, died November 8th. 1805. "Her children arise and call her blessed." (Proverbs 31:28.)' See also: William Banting, next to whom he is buried.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Brinley Richards (13 Nov 1819–1 May 1885), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9018043, citing Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .