20th September 2013
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was born in Cheltenham, England. Holst studied at the Royal College of Music and worked for many years as a teacher, composer, conductor and professional musician. Holst was a well-regarded artist during his lifetime but his work has perhaps received more critical acclaim since his death. Holst is still perhaps best remembered for his composition of ‘The Planets’, but he composed in practically every classical genre and created a prolific body of work.
Holst was a life-long friend and collaborator with Ralph Vaughan Williams and a friend of William Morris who inspired his belief in the democratic community spirit of music. Holst composed music on the poems of John Keats, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith and Walt Whitman