1853–1858 The Chapel Royal and King’s College

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1853–1858 The Chapel Royal and King’s College

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Thomas Sullivan wanted his son to receive a good general education before devoting himself to music. Arthur Sullivan, on the other hand, was eager to receive a good musical education as soon as possible. He thought he could best achieve this in one of the leading choir schools, and decided on the Chapel Royal. After more than 11 years as bandmaster at Sandhurst, Thomas Sullivan was discharged from the army on the last day of December 1856. In the autumn of 1853, William Gilbert became a full-time student at King's College, London. He joined the department of general literature and science, which meant that his studies were to be in classics and mathematics. As a student at King's, Gilbert became active in a society called the Scientific Society, formerly the Engineering Society.

Keywords: Thomas Sullivan; music; Arthur Sullivan; education; choir; Chapel Royal; army; William Gilbert; King's College; Scientific Society

Chapter.  5498 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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