Henry Hugh Bancroft (29 February 1904 – 11 September 1988) was a British organist and composer who was organist of five cathedrals. He was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, and studied music with E. P. Guthrie and J. S. Robinson in nearby Grimsby. In 1937, he was back in Winnipeg, at the downtown parish of All Saints, where he developed a men and boys choir of national renown, and initiated choral evensongs on the model of the Church of England cathedrals. Also in Winnipeg, he met and married his wife Eldred Curle.

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  • Henry Hugh Bancroft (* 29. Februar 1904 in Cleethorpes/Lincolnshire; † 11. September 1988 in Edmonton) war ein kanadischer Organist und Komponist englischer Herkunft. Bancroft studierte bei E.P. Guthrie und J.S. Robson in Grimsby, bevor er 1929 nach Kanada ging. Hier war er bis 1938 Organist und Chorleiter der St Matthew's Anglican Church in Winnipeg. Bis 1946 leitete er dann einen Knaben- und Männcherchor an der All Saints Church. Von 1946 bis 1948 war er Organist und Chorleiter an der Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, leitete den Vancouver Bach Choir und unterrichtete am British Columbia Institute of Music and Drama. Von 1948 bis 1953 wirkte er als Organist und Chorleiter an der St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, Australien. Hier trat er auch mit dem Sydney Symphony Orchestra unter Leitung von Eugène Aynsley Goossens auf und gehörte zu den Gründungsmitgliedern des Australian College of Organists. Bis 1957 wirkte er erneut an der All Saints Church in Winnipeg. Ab 1958 war er Organist an der All Saints Cathedral in Edmonton. Er entwarf die Orgel, die die Casavant Frères 1960 hier erbauten, und stellte sie auf dem Album Music From All Saints (1970) vor. Seit 1968 unterrichtete er außerdem Musiktheorie und Orgel an der University of Alberta. Zu seinen zahlreichen Schülern zählten Barry Anderson, Douglas Bodle, Harold Brown, Elwyn Davies, Donald Hadfield, Clayton Lee, Hugh McLean, Barbara Pentland, Herbert J. Sadler und Winnifred Sim. Seit den 1930er Jahren hatte Bancroft regelmäßig Rundfunkauftritte bei der CBC, bekannt wurde die Reihe Organ and Strings (1961). Bei der Expo 67 in Montreal spielte er die Uraufführung von Violet Archers Chorale Improvisation on ‚O Worship the King‘. Neben einigen umfangreichen Werken wie der Pavan (1958), einem Concerto für Orgel und Streicher (1967) und der Mass of St Thomas (UA 1974) komponierte Bancroft Orgelstücke, Anthems, Motetten und Carols wie Good Christians Now Let All Rejoice (1948). (de)
  • Henry Hugh Bancroft (29 February 1904 – 11 September 1988) was a British organist and composer who was organist of five cathedrals. He was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, and studied music with E. P. Guthrie and J. S. Robinson in nearby Grimsby. He attained the FRCO diploma in 1928. He was then organist of Old Clee parish church, and was supplementing his modest income by playing in the local theatre and by working as a compass adjuster. Seeking better prospects, he left for Canada in 1929 to become organist of St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1936 while at St. Matthew's, he earned an external BMus from Durham University. After nine years, he left for the Church of the Ascension in Hamilton, Ontario, but stayed there only nine months. In 1937, he was back in Winnipeg, at the downtown parish of All Saints, where he developed a men and boys choir of national renown, and initiated choral evensongs on the model of the Church of England cathedrals. Also in Winnipeg, he met and married his wife Eldred Curle. From 1946 to 1948 he was organist of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, and an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Music and Drama. He left Vancouver to become master of music at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, but in 1953 returned to All Saints in Winnipeg. On a visit to Cambridge University on his way back from Australia, he experienced the annual Advent Carol service of King's College, and the next year introduced the tradition to Canada at All Saints' Church. He was briefly at Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas, before moving to All Saints' Cathedral in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1958, where he remained until his retirement in 1980. From 1968 to 1977 he also taught for the Department of Music of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. (en)
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  • Henry Hugh Bancroft (* 29. Februar 1904 in Cleethorpes/Lincolnshire; † 11. September 1988 in Edmonton) war ein kanadischer Organist und Komponist englischer Herkunft. Bancroft studierte bei E.P. Guthrie und J.S. Robson in Grimsby, bevor er 1929 nach Kanada ging. Hier war er bis 1938 Organist und Chorleiter der St Matthew's Anglican Church in Winnipeg. Bis 1946 leitete er dann einen Knaben- und Männcherchor an der All Saints Church. Von 1946 bis 1948 war er Organist und Chorleiter an der Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, leitete den Vancouver Bach Choir und unterrichtete am British Columbia Institute of Music and Drama. (de)
  • Henry Hugh Bancroft (29 February 1904 – 11 September 1988) was a British organist and composer who was organist of five cathedrals. He was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, and studied music with E. P. Guthrie and J. S. Robinson in nearby Grimsby. In 1937, he was back in Winnipeg, at the downtown parish of All Saints, where he developed a men and boys choir of national renown, and initiated choral evensongs on the model of the Church of England cathedrals. Also in Winnipeg, he met and married his wife Eldred Curle. (en)
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