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 Alfred Stone

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Alfred Stone

Birth
Bristol, England
Death 3 Jan 1878 (aged 36)
Gloucestershire, England
Burial Arnos Vale, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
Memorial ID 98176993 View Source

Stone was ed­u­cat­ed at the Bris­tol Ci­ty School (Queen Eliz­a­beth's Hos­pi­tal). He dis­played an en­thu­si­asm for mu­sic in ear­ly life, stu­dy­ing un­der John Da­vid Corfe, or­gan­ist of Bris­tol Cat­hed­ral, and, af­ter a brief ex­per­ience with com­mer­cial life at Messrs Tho­mas' Bris­tol soap works, made mu­sic his pro­fess­ion. In 1858, at age 18, he be­came or­gani­st of St Paul's Church, Clif­ton, and was suc­cess­ivel­y or­gan­ist at Ar­ley Cha­pel (1862); High­bu­ry Cha­pel (1863-9); St Paul's again (1869-75); Christ Church, Clif­ton (1875-8); and by may­or­al ap­point­ment, of the may­or's cha­pel (St. Mark, Bris­tol) (1873-8).

In 1863 he ed­it­ed, with Fred Mor­gan, the Bris­tol Tune Book, with 342 hymn tunes and chants, a few writ­ten by him­self. The book at once gained pop­u­lar fa­vour, chief­ly among non­con­form­ists. In a third ed­i­tion, edited by El­li­ot But­ton, the num­ber of tunes reached 900. Its sales ex­ceeded 750,000 in England and the col­o­nies. Pos­si­bly no other hymn-tune book ex­cept Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern has had more in­flu­ence on con­gre­ga­tion­al sing­ing. In 1863-4 Stone adopt­ed the ton­ic sol-fa syst­em for pur­pos­es of teach­ing, though he did not whol­ly aban­don the old no­ta­tion. His tu­tor­i­al ap­point­ments in­clud­ed that of mas­ter of sing­ing at Queen Eliz­a­beth's Hos­pi­tal (1867-76), the Bris­tol Red Maids School (1867-78), and at the Blind Asy­lum (1876-8). He con­duct­ed the Bris­tol Or­phe­us Glee So­ci­e­ty (found­ed in 1844) from 1876 till his death, and un­der his rule, the so­ci­ety flour­ished. Stone or­gan­ised and trained a male-voice choir in 1872 to com­pete at the na­tion­al mu­sic meet­ings which start­ed that year at the Crys­tal Pal­ace. He won the prize that year, and hon­our­a­ble men­tion the next year. In 1873, he or­gan­ised the first Bris­tol mu­sic fes­tiv­al. He was sec­re­ta­ry, chose and trained the fes­tiv­al choir of 300 voic­es, and con­duct­ed the pre­lim­in­a­ry con­certs and in­ter­me­di­ate Fes­tiv­al So­ci­e­ty con­certs un­til his death. The chor­us sing­ing won high praise from cri­tics, and the choir be­came a perm­a­nent in­sti­tu­tion.

For prep­a­ra­to­ry sing­ing class­es, Stone ed­it­ed Pro­gres­sive Ex­er­cis­es for El­e­ment­ary and Ad­vanced Mixed Choirs, which is still in use. He wrote a ser­ies of papers, Hints for El­e­ment­ary Teach­ing, in which he strong­ly ad­vo­cat­ed the ton­ic sol-fa sys­tem. For a con­tem­plat­ed work on har­mon­y (never com­plet­ed) he wrote The Com­mon Sense of the Min­or Scale, which was pub­lished in the Ton­ic Sol-fa Re­port­er, Au­gust 1878. He ad­jud­i­cated at the Welsh Eisteddfodau, and trav­eled in Ger­ma­ny with Mr. J. S. Cur­wen for the pur­poses of his pro­fess­ion. His last pub­lic ap­pear­ance was at a fes­tiv­al con­cert, when he con­duct­ed Roeck­el's Ode in Mem­or­y of Ti­tiens in No­vem­ber 1877.


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Alfred Stone
Died
3rd Jan 1878 Aged 37 years
As a gifted musician
He was widely known
And as a genial friend
Greatly beloved
The members of the
Bristol Musical Festival Choir
Raise this monument in affectionate
Remembrance of their
First conductor
Alfred (Bertie)
Eldest son of the above
Died April 15th 1889 Aged 27 years
Buried at sea
Also Mary Jane
Widow of the above Alfred Stone
Died February 3rd 1904 Aged 63 years
Edgar Stone
Second son
Died 1st May 1880
Aged 16 years
Margaret
Elizabeth Stone
Died 24th February 1910
Aged 44 years
Elsie Salisbury
Died 3rd April 1936
Aged 66 years


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  • Maintained by: Adrienne
  • Originally Created by: Debra Polly
  • Added: 2 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 98176993
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/98176993/alfred-stone : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Stone (12 Feb 1841–3 Jan 1878), Find a Grave Memorial ID 98176993, citing Arnos Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, Arnos Vale, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England ; Maintained by Adrienne (contributor 47022212) .