William Sterndale Bennett, born in Sheffield, England, on 13 April 1816 was praised by Felix Mendelssohn for a piano concerto written at the age of 16, and later befriended Robert Schumann. A succession of administrative posts - professor of music at Cambridge, later principal of the Royal Academy of Music – did not minimise his output or success as a composer. He died in London on 1 February 1875.
An Outstanding Evening - Bill Newman listens to American pianist Rorianne Schrade
Ensemble. Compact and Imaginative - Judith Bingham's 'Shakespeare Requiem' receives its first performance, heard by Patric Standford