A friend in Gatty

A frequent visitor to Ireland’s home in Chelsea was Nicholas Comyn Gatty, often found there along with Forsyth and Thomas Dunhill. Gatty (1874–1946) was a composer and music critic who met Ireland at the RCM when he arrived to study with Stanford following his first degree at Downing College, Cambridge. A composer primarily of opera, his main profession was as music critic for the Pall Mall Gazette and The Times. He was also assistant editor for the second and third editions of Grove. Gatty, from Yorkshire, was a close friend of Vaughan Williams, as seen in this faded photograph. In it Gatty is the violinist on the right, while the horn player is his brother René (Reginald), who became Reader in English at the University of Prague, and then a folk song collector on his return to England. Further information on Nicholas Gatty can be found HERE.

Source of photograph: http://www.unsungcomposers.com/

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