George Butterworth Composer

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George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, MC (12 July 1885 – 5 August 1916) was an English composer best known for the orchestral idyll The Banks of Green Willow and his song settings of A. E. Housman's poems. Although George Butterworth was born in Bayswater, London, his family moved to Yorkshire soon after his birth so that his father Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth could take up an appointment as general manager of the North-East Railway Company, based at York. George received his first music lessons from his mother, who was a singer, and he began composing at an early age. As a young boy, he played the organ for services in the chapel of his prep school, Aysgarth School, before gaining a scholarship to Eton College. He showed early musical promise at Eton, a 'Barcarolle" for orchestra being played during his time there (it is long since lost). He then went to Trinity College, Oxford, where he became more focused on music, becoming President of the university musical society. He also made friends with folk song collector Cecil Sharp; the composer and folk song enthusiast Ralph Vaughan Williams; the future Director of the Royal College of Music, Hugh Allen;

Personal details

Date of birth
July 12th, 1885
United Kingdom
Date of death
August 5th, 1916 at age of 31
Place of death
Places lived
London , England
pop. 8,308,000 (2013)


1. Royal College of Music Colleges/University

The Royal College of Music is a conservatoire established by royal charter in 1882, located in South Kensington, London, England.

Type Music school
2013. 28.8 mil. £
2010. 22.3 mil. £
Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BS - London, Greater London
Local tuition
2013. 9 K £
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2. Aysgarth School Independent school

Aysgarth School is a boarding preparatory school for boys located in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales near Bedale, North Yorkshire and is the only all-boys boarding and day prep school in the north of England.

Type Preparatory school
Newton-le-Willows, DL8 1TF - Bedale, North Yorkshire
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3. Eton College Independent school

Eton College, usually referred to as Eton, is a British independent boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as "The King's College of Our Lady of Eton besides Wyndsor".

Type University
Institution colors
SL4 6DW - Windsor, Berkshire
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4. Trinity College, Oxford Colleges/University

The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in the University of Oxford, of the foundation of Sir Thomas Pope (Knight), or Trinity College for short, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It stands on Broad Street, next door to Balliol College and Blackwells bookshop, and opposite Turl Street. It is enclosed by an iron palisade, rather than a wall, giving the college a more open and accessible appearance than many others in Oxford. The college has four major quadrangles, as well as a large lawn and gardens, which include a small area of woodland. Despite its size, the college is relatively small in terms of student numbers, with about 400 students. As of 2010, Trinity had an estimated financial endowment of £81 million.

2012. 79.5 mil. £
2010. 81 mil. £
Broad Street, OX1 3BH - Oxford, Oxfordshire
2012. 302
2012. 128
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b. 1887., Physicist
b. 1884., Military Person
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b. 1884., Novelist
b. 1883., Politician
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Military conflicts participated

World War I


July 28th, 1914


November 11th, 1918

Wikipedia article

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. The war drew in all the world's economic great powers, which were assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies and the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Although Italy had also been a member of the Triple Alliance alongside Germany and Austria-Hungary, it did not join the Central Powers, as Austria-Hungary had taken the offensive against the terms of the alliance. These alliances were reorganised and expanded as more nations entered the war: Italy, Japan and the United States joined the Allies, and the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria the Central Powers.

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
On the Idle Hill of Summer
May 1st, 2001 Album on compact disc 72 minutes
Graham Peel


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