Ernest Farrar

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Born: 1885

Died: 1918


Ernest Bristow Farrar was born in Lewisham, London, England, moving to Micklefield, Yorkshire, where his father was a clergyman. He attended Leeds Grammar School and passed his Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and Sir Walter Parratt. He served as organist at All Saints English Church, Dresden; St. Hilda’s Church, South Shields; and Christ Church, High Harrogate. While at South Shields, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote to him: “I suppose I must congratulate you on your appointment – I certainly congratulate them – but it’s a beastly job being organist and unless one is very careful lowers one’s moral tone (not to speak of one’s musical) horribly.” He was teacher of the young Gerald Finzi. At the outbreak of World War I, as he enlisted in the Grenadier Guards and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion Devonshire Regiment. After being at the front for only two days, he was killed by machine-gun fire at the Battle of Epehy Ronssoy, near Le Cateau in the Somme Valley south, west of Cambrai. He composed quite a number of works including works for orchestra, organ, and voices.

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