Cecil Armstrong Gibbs

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Born: 10 August 1889, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex

Died: 12 May 1960


A little-known prolific English composer, adjudicator and conductor, who studied under Sir Adrian Boult and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a contemporary of Sir Arthur Bliss, Herbert Howells and Sir Arnold Bax.

Known principally for his solo songs, Armstrong Gibbs also wrote music for the stage, sacred works, three symphonies and a substantial amount of chamber music, much of which remains unpublished. He gained wide recognition during the early part of his life, but until recently, like many of his contemporaries, has been little known. Although he retired from adjudicating, he continued conducting and composing right to the end of his life. He died in Chelmsford on 12th May 1960 and is buried with his wife in Danbury churchyard.

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List of choral works


Uncategorized Works

  • A Spring Garland Op. 84
  • Almayne (English 17th-Century Air) Op. 71
  • Ann's Cradle Song
  • Araby
  • Arrogant Poppies
  • As I Lay in the Early Sun
  • Bless the Lord, O my soul
  • By a Bierside
  • Concertino for piano and string orchestra Op. 103
  • Dale and Fell
  • Danger
  • Dusk
  • Dusk (from Fancy Dress)
  • Fancy Dress, dance suite, Op. 82
  • Five Eyes
  • Four songs for a mad sea captain
  • Hypochondriacus
  • In the highlands
  • Love is a sickness, Op. 44/1
  • Lullaby
  • Mistletoe
  • Most Glorious Lord of Lyfe!
  • Neglected moon!
  • Nightfall
  • O, praise God in his holiness
  • Sailing homeward
  • Silver
  • Summer night
  • Take heed, young heart
  • The ballad of Semmerwater
  • The bells
  • The birch tree
  • The cherry tree
  • The fields are full
  • The flooded stream
  • The mad prince
  • The Oxen
  • The Rejected Lover
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • The splendour falls
  • The stranger
  • The strife is o'er
  • The tiger-lily
  • The wanderer
  • Threnody for Walter de la Mare
  • Titania
  • To one who passed whistling through the night
  • Tom o' Bedlam
  • When I was one-and-twenty

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