Great British Composers – Gustav Holst Posted by Kate on September 9th, 2013
Yes, Holst, the composer of the Planet Suite, was British! He was born in Cheltenham in 1874. His fathers’ family were Swedish, hence the distictive name. His first professional engagement was as organist at St Laurence church, Wick Rissington, a small village in the heart of the Cotswolds. Soon afterwards he also became organist and choirmaster of the choral society at Bourton-on-the-Water, a larger village just a mile or so away.