John Stainer and the organ

Of the most influential musical figures of Victorian Britain, John Stainer must be considered a seminal personality who shaped the course of the nation’s history and progress. Though nowadays neglected as a composer, his influence as a church musician in the formation of the ‘reformed’ cathedral choir was immense and far-reaching. His work in education was indefatigable both in the world of publishing and in the inspection of schools and training colleges, and, as Professor of Music at Oxford University, he did much to change the ambience of the music degree not only through his imaginative and original lecture series…