Heathcote Dicken Statham

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Heathcote Dicken Statham CBE (7 December 1889 - 29 October 1973), was a conductor, composer, and organist of international repute.

Early life[edit]

From Gresham's School, Holt, Statham proceeded to Caius College, Cambridge, where in March 1908 he was awarded the college's organ scholarship of £60 a year for three years,[1] before completing his musical education at the Royal College of Music, London.[2]


He became organist of Calcutta Cathedral 1913 - 1920, then St. Michael's College, Tenbury 1920 - 1926, then St. Mary's Church, Southampton 1926 - 1928, and finally of Norwich Cathedral, holding that post from 1928 to 1966.[2] On 9 April 1938, while Statham was playing it, the organ of the cathedral caught fire.[3] In the choir, Statham's nickname was 'Dickey'.[4]

As a composer he is best known for his Rhapsody on a Ground for organ (1944)[2] and his Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G. His arrangements of Christmas carols include Joy! Joy! from every Steeple.[5]

He conducted the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra on some one hundred and thirty occasions between 1928 and 1961, and during the Second World War conducted the London Symphony Orchestra.[2]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 1967[6] and died at the age of 83 on 29 October 1973.[7]


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, March 21, 1908 (Issue 38600), p. 9, col. D
  2. ^ a b c d Heathcote Dicken Statham at amphion-recordings.com
  3. ^ Of Choristers – ancient and modern
  4. ^ Michael Quinton Smith, Well Educated as a Chorister at Norwich
  5. ^ Joy! Joy! from every Steeple, words by G. R. Woodward, traditional melody arranged by H. D. Statham, in Oxford Choral Songs
  6. ^ Supplement to the London Gazette, 10 June 1967, p. 6279
  7. ^ Heathcote Dicken Statham at brainyhistory.com

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