William Henry Holmes

January 8, 2008

William Henry Holmes was an English pianist; born in Sudbury, Derbyshire on January 8th 1812, he died at London on April 23rd 1885. Holmes was a pupil of the Royal Academy of Music from its establishment in 1822; where he won two medals, and became assistant pianoforte professor in 1826, and later principal professor for piano. He influenced many distinguished pupils, including Sterndale Bennett, the two MacFarrens, and Davison. His works included: The Elfin of the Lake, an opera; symphonies; a pianoforte-concerto; a sonata for pianoforte and violin; pianoforte-sonatas, and several songs.

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