Locations and Abbreviations

(very much under construction!)



  • Dates of birth / death and other information often vary between sources. Where there is no consensus this information is replaced with "?".
  • As a policy, the dates of birth of living composers are not included.
  • The dynamic nature of the employment of living composers (especially younger ones) means their profile information may be incomplete. The Archive welcomes any updates or corrections to any of the profiles, living or departed.
  • All churches and places are located within England unless otherwise stated.
  • All churches are associated with the Church of England unless otherwise stated.
  • Where an address is given for a cathedral, chapel or church, this may be that of the chapter, foundation or parish office rather than the venue itself, although every attempt is made to provide a physical address. A different address and postcode to that advertised by the venue or assigned by the Post Office may be given where this assists in physically locating the venue.
  • Historically accurate (but now obsolete) location names may be used in the composer profiles. As this is an international archive, wherever possible sufficient detail will be given here via links from the composer profiles to allow the reader to find any quoted location, including qualifying locations by their modern post towns, and indicating the modern county or state (except where a UK post town is also the county town or a unitary town or city, but not if this would create ambiguity).
  • As a policy, links to countries or capital cities are not provided.
  • Academic abbreviations are shown using leading and medial capitals but without punctuation, regardless of the tradition of the examining body. The Archive has chosen not to adopt all the recommendations of the 2015 University of Oxford Calendar: Notes on Style.

Cathedrals outside the UK

New Zealand
South Africa

Cathedrals and Royal Peculiars within the UK

Churches outside the UK

New Zealand

Churches within the UK

County Down
County Durham
East Ayrshire
  • Kilmarnock United Reformed Church
    (build 1816, rebuilt 1832, closed and demolished 1966)
    Strathclyde, 121-123 King Street, KILMARNOCK, East Ayrshire, KA1 1QJ, Scotland
East Sussex
Greater Manchester
Isle of Man
Scottish Borders
  • Leek Parish Churches
    St. Luke’s Church Office, Fountain Street, LEEK, Staffordshire, ST13 6JS
Vale of Glamorgan
West Midlands
West Sussex


Academic Awards

  • BA – Batchelor of Arts degree
  • BA(Mus) – Batchelor of Arts degree, specialising in Music
  • BMus – Batchelor of Music degree
  • Cantab – Academic degree conferred by the University of Cambridge
  • Cantuar – Lambeth degree conferred by the Archbishop of Canterbury
  • DCL – Doctor of Civil Law degree
  • DMus – Doctor of Music degree, typically conferred by the University of Oxford
  • Dubl – Academic degree conferred by the University of Dublin
  • Dunelm – Academic degree conferred by Durham University
  • Exon – Academic degree conferred by the University of Exeter
  • Leic – Academic degree conferred by the University of Leicester
  • Liv – Academic degree conferred by the University of Liverpool
  • LLB – Batchelor of Laws degree
  • LLM – Master of Laws degree
  • LMus – Licentiate in Music
  • Lond – Academic degree conferred by the University of London
  • MA – Master of Arts degree
  • MMus – Master of Music degree
  • MusB – Batchelor of Music degree
  • MusD – Doctor of Music degree, typically conferred by the University of Cambridge
  • MusDoc – Doctor of Music degree
  • Oxon – Academic degree conferred by the University of Oxford
  • 'propter merita' – for services
  • TCD – Academic degree conferred by Trinity College, Dublin
  • UoD – Academic degree conferred by the University of Derby

Certificates, Chivalry, Diplomas, Titles and Other Awards

Colleges and Universities outside the UK

(places of tertiary education, listed alphabetical by substantive name)

  • RIAM – Royal Irish Academy of Music
    36-38 Westland Row, DUBLIN 2, D02 WY89, Ireland
  • Trinity College, Dublin
    The University of Dublin, College Green, DUBLIN 2, D02 PN40, Ireland
  • University of Dublin
    Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, College Green, DUBLIN 2, D02 PN40, Ireland
New Zealand
  • AGO – American Guild of Organists
    475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, The Interchurch Center, Manhatten, NEW YORK, NY 10115, USA
  • CCM – College of Church Musicians
    (opened 1962, closed 1969)
    Rosedale House, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20016, USA

Colleges and Universities within the UK

(places of tertiary education, listed alphabetically by substantive name)

  • All Souls College
    Castle Street, OXFORD, OX1 4AL
  • Balliol College
    Broad Street, OXFORD, OX1 3BJ
  • Belfast Conservatoire of Music
    18 College Square East, BELFAST, Northern Ireland
  • Bretton Hall College
    (closed 2007)
    Bretton Hall, Bretton, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG
  • University of Cambridge
    The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1TN
  • Chester Diocesan Training College
    (founded 1839, renamed Chester College of Education 1963, renamed Chester College of Higher Education 1974-1996 and 1999-2003, renamed University College Chester 1996-1999 and 2003-2005, renamed University of Chester 2005)
    Old College, Parkgate Road, CHESTER, CH1 4BJ
  • Christ Church, Oxford
    St Aldates, OXFORD, OX1 1DP
  • Corpus Christi College
    Trumpington St, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1RH
  • University of Derby
    Kedleston Road, DERBY, DE22 1GB
  • Durham University
    The Palatine Centre, Durham University, Stockton Road, DURHAM, DH1 3LE
  • Edinburgh Theological College
    (founded 1810, closed 1994)
    Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, EDINBURGH, EH12 5EL, Scotland
  • University of Edinburgh
    Old College, South Bridge, EDINBURGH, EH8 9YL, Scotland
  • Exeter College
    Turl Street, OXFORD, OX1 3DP
  • University of Exeter
    Mail Room, The Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, EXETER, EX4 4SB
  • Gonville and Caius College
    Trinity Street, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1TA
  • GCM – Guild of Church Musicians
    3 Sewards End, WICKFORD, Essex, SS12 9PB
  • GSMD – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
    (formerly known as the Guildhall School of Music until ~1935)
    Silk Street, Barbican, LONDON, EC2Y 8DT
  • King's College, Cambridge
    Kings Parade, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1ST
  • King's College, London
    Strand, Westminster, LONDON, WC2R 2LS
  • City of Leicester Training College for Teachers
    (later City of Leicester College of Education, then School of Education of Leicester,
    opened 1945, site closed 1981, absorbed into De Montford University 1992)
    Humberstone Road, LE5 and later Scraptoft Hall, LE7
  • University of Leicester
    University Road, LEICESTER, LE1 7RH
  • University of Liverpool
    Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, LIVERPOOL, L69 7ZX
  • University of London
    Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, LONDON, WC1E 7HU
  • Magdalen College
    High Street, OXFORD, OX1 4AU
  • Morley College
    61 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, LONDON, SE1 7HT
  • New College
    Holywell Street, OXFORD, OX1 3BN
  • Open University
    Walton Hall, Kents Hill, MILTON KEYNES, Buckinghamshire, MK7 6AA
  • University of Oxford
    University Offices, Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JD
  • Pembroke College
    Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1RF
  • Queen's University, Belfast
    University Road, BELFAST, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland
  • RAM – Royal Academy of Music
    Marylebone Road, Marylebone, LONDON, NW1 5HT
  • RBC – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
    (founded as 1886 as Birmingham School of Music, then Birmingham Conservatoire from 1989 before receiving its Royal Charter in 2017)
    Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Road, BIRMINGHAM, B4 7XR
  • RCM – Royal College of Music
    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, LONDON, SW7 2BS
  • RCO – Royal College of Organists
    (formerly known as College of Organists before receiving Royal Charter in 1893)
    118 Pall Mall, St James's, Westminster, LONDON, SW1Y 5EA
  • RCS – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    (founded as Glasgow Athenaeum 1847, renamed Glasgow Athenaeum School of Music 1888, renamed Scottish National Academy of Music 1929, renamed Royal Scottish Academy of Music 1944, renamed Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama 1968, current name from 2011)
    100 Renfrew Street, GLASGOW, G2 3DB, Scotland
  • RSM – Royal Schools of Music
  • St John's College
    St John's Street, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1TP
  • Stranmillis University College
    (founded as Stranmillis College of Education 1922, upgraded and renamed 1999)
    Stranmillis Road, BELFAST, BT9 5DY, Northern Ireland
  • Swindon College
    North Star Avenue, SWINDON, Wiltshire, SN2 1DY
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • TCL – Trinity College, London
    Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, LONDON, SE1 0TA
  • TCM – Trinity College of Music
    (now part of TLCMD)
    (formerly at) 11-13 Mandeville Place, Marylebone, Westminster, LONDON, W1U 3AJ
  • TLCMD – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
    (created from Trinity College of Music in 2005)
    King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Peninsula, LONDON, SE10 9JF
  • Vaughan College
    (opened 1862, relaunched as Leicester Vaughan College from 2017)
    Great Central Street, LE1, later Talbot Street, LE1, currently Hansom Hall, Belvoir Street, LE1

Schools and Colleges outside the UK

(places of primary and secondary education)


Schools and Colleges within the UK

(places of primary and secondary education)

Festivals, Membership and Other Organisations

Venues outside the UK


Venues within the UK

  • Olympic Theatre
    (opened 1806, demolished 1904)
    cnr Dury Lane and Wych Street, Westminster, LONDON
  • RAH – Royal Albert Hall
    Kensington Gore, South Kensington, LONDON, SW7 2AP
  • ROH – Royal Opera House
    Bow Street, Covent Garden, LONDON, WC2E 9DD
  • Savoy Theatre
    Savoy Court, Strand, Westminster, LONDON, WC2R 0ET
  • Stratford Town Hall
    The Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, Newham, LONDON, E15 4BQ

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