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|The Right Honorable
Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) Ray Steadman-Allen
|Born||September 18, 1922|
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He was born in the Salvation Army 'Mother's Hospital', Clapton, while his Salvation Army Officer parents were living in the Horfield area of Bristol. When they were appointed to London in 1937, he obtained a job at International Headquarters as office boy to General Evangeline Booth, daughter of The Salvation Army's founder.
In 1942 he enlisted in the Royal Navy. He was examined for a music diploma by Sir Granville Bantock who invited him to apply for a job in music after the war. In the event, Bantock died, and Steadman-Allen joined the Music Editorial Department of The Salvation Army. Following a short post-war period as a trombonist with The International Staff Band, he developed his conducting skills and became Bandmaster of the Tottenham Citadel Band.
Much of his music was ahead of its time, to the point that it was sometimes considered unacceptable to the listener. Lord of the Sea created a furore. His creativity has been given totally to God and has been instrumental in guiding Salvation Army music into uncharted territory, particularly when the International Music Editorial Department was under his leadership between 1967 and 1980.
Steadman-Allen regularly took part as Bandmaster in the popular radio programme Sounding Brass which was presented by Gloria Hunniford and Owen Spencer-Thomas on Radio 2 and Radio London in the 1970s. He wrote a book called Colour and Texture in the Brass Band Score which was published by The Salvation Army. First published in 1980, this volume has been reprinted due to continued demand from composers, arrangers and university music departments alike.
Besides well over 200 brass band works published by The Salvation Army, Steadman-Allen has written numerous choral works with a large number of compositions and arrangements in manuscript form, often completed for recordings or special concert presentations.
As well as completing his Doctorate in Music, Steadman-Allen holds several honorary fellowships, is the President of the National College of Music, Vice President of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors and patron of the London Musicological Research Society.
In recent years, Ray Steadman-Allen has become affectionately known as 'RSA'.
In 2003, the Royal School of Church Music awarded him its ARSCM (Associate of the RSCM). In 2005, The Salvation Army admitted 'RSA' to The Order of the Founder, the highest honour that The Salvation Army can bestow on a member.
In 2012, a suite of articles about his life and works was published by Shield Books under the title of 'History, Harmony and Humanity'.