Thomas William Hanforth

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Thomas William Hanforth FRCO (6 March 1867 – 5 June 1948) was a composer and organist based in England. [1]

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He was a chorister in York Minster and studied organ under W. H. Garland and the minster organist John Naylor. He was awarded a MusB from Durham University.

York Minster Church in York, England

The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the third-highest office of the Church of England, and is the mother church for the Diocese of York and the Province of York. It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of York. The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum.

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Durham University collegiate public research university in Durham, England, United Kingdom

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In 1892 he succeeded Edwin Lemare as organist of Sheffield Parish Church, which was upgraded to cathedral status in 1914.

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During his time in Sheffield, he was appointed Sheffield City Organist in 1932.


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The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra is an amateur symphony orchestra based in Sheffield, England. Formed in 1945, it performs a programme of music from the classical, romantic and modern periods. The orchestra is in a phase of development, initially under the baton of John Pearson followed by the Polish born Ewa Strusinska. In 2010, the music directorship passed on to Jonathan Lo, a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. The regular programme of symphony concerts is supplemented by music weekends, foreign tours, collaboration with local choral societies and open air charity concerts. The orchestra has established collaborative ties with music groups and musicians in Malta, Greece and Northern Sardinia. In the past, the orchestra has worked with the acoustic guitar player Gordon Giltrap and has commissioned a major new work from the English composer Christopher Brown.


His compositions include works for organ, choir and songs.

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