Gustav Holst
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1874-09-21
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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst Biography (Wikipedia)

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development. The subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, and the example of such rising modern composers as Maurice Ravel, led Holst to develop and refine an individual style.

There were professional musicians in the previous three generations of Holst's family and it was clear from his early years that he would follow the same calling. He hoped to become a pianist, but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. Despite his father's reservations, he pursued a career as a composer, studying at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford. Unable to support himself by his compositions, he played the trombone professionally and later became a teacher—a great one, according to his colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams. Among other teaching activities he built up a strong tradition of performance at Morley College, where he served as musical director from 1907 until 1924, and pioneered music education for women at St Paul's Girls' School, where he taught from 1905 until his death in 1934. He was the founder of a series of Whitsun music festivals, which ran from 1916 for the remainder of his life.

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St Paul's Suite, Op 29 No 2
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St Paul's Suite, Op 29 No 2
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]

Ave Maria [Hail Mary]

Choir
Chamber Choir AVE
Conductor
Andraz Hauptman
Gustav Holst
Jupiter (The Planets)
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Jupiter (The Planets)
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Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)
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Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)
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Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op 32)
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Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op 32)
Gustav Holst
Hammersmith, Op 52
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Hammersmith, Op 52

Hammersmith, Op 52

Conductor
Wing Commander J.L. Wallace
Gustav Holst
A Somerset Rhapsody, Op 21 No 2
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A Somerset Rhapsody, Op 21 No 2
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A Fugal Overture, Op.40 No.1
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A Fugal Overture, Op.40 No.1
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Wind Quintet Op 14 in A flat major
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Wind Quintet Op 14 in A flat major
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In the Bleak Midwinter
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In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter

Performer
Alexander Little
Tom Fetherstonhaugh
Choir
Merton College Choir
Gustav Holst
In the Bleak Midwinter
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In the Bleak Midwinter
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The Saviour of the World is Born
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The Saviour of the World is Born
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In the bleak midwinter
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In the bleak midwinter
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Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails (Finale)
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Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails (Finale)
Gustav Holst
Walt Whitman Overture, Op 7
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Walt Whitman Overture, Op 7
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A Winter Idyll
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A Winter Idyll
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Beni Mora
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Beni Mora
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In the bleak midwinter
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In the bleak midwinter
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Suite for Military Band No.2 in F major, Op 28b
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Suite for Military Band No.2 in F major, Op 28b
Gustav Holst
Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)
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Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)
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Invocation
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Invocation
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St Paul's Suite Op 29 No 2
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St Paul's Suite Op 29 No 2

St Paul's Suite Op 29 No 2

Ensemble
Hexagon Ensemble
Gustav Holst
Ode to Death, Op 38
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Ode to Death, Op 38
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March (Suite in E flat major for military band, Op 28 No 1)
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March (Suite in E flat major for military band, Op 28 No 1)

March (Suite in E flat major for military band, Op 28 No 1)

Performer
Kneller Hall All Star Band
Conductor
Lt Col Trevor Sharpe
Last played on
Gustav Holst
Symphony in F major, Op 8, 'The Cotswolds'
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Symphony in F major, Op 8, 'The Cotswolds'
Gustav Holst
St Paul's Suite (arr for guitar quartet)
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St Paul's Suite (arr for guitar quartet)
Gustav Holst
'Finale' from Symphony in F, Op 8 'The Cotswolds'
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'Finale' from Symphony in F, Op 8 'The Cotswolds'
Gustav Holst
The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic
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The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic
Gustav Holst
A Fugal Concerto, Op.40 no.2
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A Fugal Concerto, Op.40 no.2
Gustav Holst
The Planets, Op.32:1. Mars, The Bringer of War
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The Planets, Op.32:1. Mars, The Bringer of War
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Ode to Death
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Ode to Death
Gustav Holst
Mars (The Bringer of War) From The Planets – Suite, op.32
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Mars (The Bringer of War) From The Planets – Suite, op.32
Gustav Holst
Venus, the Bringer of Peace (The Planets, Op 32)
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Venus, the Bringer of Peace (The Planets, Op 32)
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Suite in E flat major for military band, Op 28 No 1
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Suite in E flat major for military band, Op 28 No 1
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Suite No 1 for military band - March
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Suite No 1 for military band - March
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Neptune, the mystic [with female chorus]
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Neptune, the mystic [with female chorus]
Gustav Holst
The Planets - suite (Op.32), Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
Gustav Holst
The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mars, the bringer of war
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mars, the bringer of war
Gustav Holst
I Vow To Thee, My Country
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I Vow To Thee, My Country

I Vow To Thee, My Country

Choir
The Choir of Chichester Cathedral
Gustav Holst
Ode to death Op.38
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Ode to death Op.38
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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
Gustav Holst
A Moorside Suite for brass band
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A Moorside Suite for brass band
Gustav Holst
First Dance (Beni Mora)
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First Dance (Beni Mora)
Gustav Holst
Hark! Some wild trumpeter (The Mystic Trumpeter, Op 18)
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Hark! Some wild trumpeter (The Mystic Trumpeter, Op 18)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-27T18:13:17
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27
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom

Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1932: Prom 15
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Queen's Hall
1932-08-23T18:13:17
23
Aug
1932

Proms 1932: Prom 15

Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 40
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Queen's Hall
1931-09-24T18:13:17
24
Sep
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 40

Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1930-09-18T18:13:17
18
Sep
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 35

Queen's Hall
Proms 1928: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1928-09-20T18:13:17
20
Sep
1928

Proms 1928: Prom 35

Queen's Hall

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