|Short Name:||John Ireland|
|Full Name:||Ireland, John Nicholson, 1879-1962|
John Ireland (1879-1962) was born in Bowdon, Cheshire, and educated at the Royal College of Music (1893-1901). The first four years there he spent studying piano. The remaining time he studied with Charles Villiers Stanford. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 1895 and in 1905 received his Bachelor of Music degree from Durham University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Durham (1932), RAM and FRCM.
Ireland was organist at St. Luke’s Church, Chelsea (1904-1926), and taught composition at the Royal College of Music (1923-1939). His published works span fifty years beginning with two string quartets. He composed also for orchestra, choir, solo voice, and piano. His last work was the music score for the film The Overlanders (1946-1947). He died at Rock Mill, Washington, Sussex, England.
--The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion, 1993