Charles Swinnerton Heap
Born in Birmingham in 1847, he was educated at King Edward VI School, Birmingham. In 1862 he went to study under Dr. Edwin George Monk at York Minster. In 1865 he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship for young composers.
In 1884 he was appointed Examiner for Music Degrees at his alma mater, Cambridge University. He later taught at the Royal College of Music where one of his notable pupils was organist Herbert Sanders.
A printed booklet of his testimonials relating to his job application to be the organist at Birmingham Town Hall in 1868 is kept at the University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library.
- Organist of Queen's College, Birmingham (a predecessor college of the University of Birmingham) 1859 - 1862
- Organist of St John's Church, Wolverhampton1868 - ????
- Conductor of the Birmingham Philharmonic Union 1870 - 1886
- Conductor of the Wolverhampton Festival Choral Society 1881 - 1886
- Conductor of the North Staffordshire Festival, Hanley 1888 - 1899
- Conductor of the Birmingham Festival Choral Society 1895
- Conductor of the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival 1897
- Conductor of the Walsall Philharmonic Union.
His compositions include cantatas, anthems, songs, overtures, organ music.
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