This website is dedicated to the English composer Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR).

The aim is to bring the works of CBR to the attention of musicians and choirs, and to get CBR's fine choral music into print and available to all.

News in 2022

Latest update | October 2022

  • 14 February 2022: this day marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Rootham's opera The Two Sisters, Op.55
  • 19 February 2022: we use optical music recognition to capture Act 1 of the original vocal score of The Two Sisters, Op.55
  • 20 February 2022: using a scan of the original manuscript, we start manual transcription of the orchestral parts for Act 1 of The Two Sisters, Op.55
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Short biography

Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR) was a composer, conductor, teacher and college organist. For most of his working life he was based at St John's College, Cambridge - a place which he loved. So far five generations of the Rootham family had connections with or have graduated from St John's College.

Although a prolific composer in his own right, CBR also directed his efforts towards the revival of neglected works by established composers (Purcell, Mozart and Handel) and in the promotion of new music from contemporary composers (Vaughan Williams, Kodály, Honegger and Pizzetti ). As conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS), CBR had at his disposal a large orchestra for such musical ventures. The article about CBR on Wikipedia provides more details about his career.

From 1900 until his early death in 1938, CBR was an influential figure in Cambridge musical life. He became Senior Lecturer in Counterpoint and Harmony, and taught a number of musicians who went on to become significant composers (including Arthur Bliss, Armstrong Gibbs and Patrick Hadley).

Previously at the Proms...

What's next?

Future plans: during 2020 this website will continue to augment the list of CBR's works, telling you about upcoming editions of CBR's music, announcing live concerts, and adding more synchronised score pages to the playlist on the Works page.

Note: if you have any information you would like to contribute to the website, or if you are planning a performance of one of CBR's works, please do get in touch through our Feedback page.

• do share a page link to the CBR website
• do visit our playlist Cyril Rootham's music on YouTube