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 Church Music Composers
HOLST, Gustav (1874–1934). Studied with Stanford at the Royal College of Music where he became lifelong friends with fellow student Vaughan Williams. He taught at St Paul’s Girls’ School and Morley College in London and is best known for his orchestral suite The Planets. It is from this that the hymn tune Thaxted (I vow to thee my country) is taken. Holst composed and arranged a number of carols including the popular tune Cranham for In the bleak mid-winter and his arrangement of Personet Hodie. His Hymn of Jesus is a fine cantata for choir and orchestra.
HOW, Martin (b.1931). Was a student at the  when based in Canterbury after World War II. He then served as Choirmaster and Headquarters Commissioner to the  at Addington Palace in Croydon and he inaugurated the  Southern Cathedral Singers. A specialist in training young people and a composer who understands the limitations of parish choirs, he designed many of his numerous works to be flexible in their use. He has composed many settings of the Evening Canticles and Communion Service and his Parish Communion Service was widely used during the Church of England’s ‘ASB’ years. His setting of The Chorister’s Prayer is notable along with the anthems Day by day, Fairest Lord Jesus and Praise, O praise.
HOWELLS, Herbert (1892–1983). Was a pupil of Sir Herbert Brewer at Gloucester Cathedral and then studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he later taught for over  years retiring in . He was one of the most important and influential

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