Herbert Norman Howells(1892-1983), Composer
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Having studied under Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music, Howells' interest in Tudor music was inspired by Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. He devoted himself to editing Tudor church music and composing many chamber and choral works including Piano Quartet (1916) and Hymnus Paradisi (1938). The Collegium Regale setting (1944-5), the 'Gloucester' service (1946) and the 'St Paul's' service (1951) are thought to be the greatest contributions to Anglican church music in the twentieth century. Among other posts, Howells was organist at St John's College, Cambridge (1941-5) and King Edward professor of music at London University (1954-64).