Rob mentions Brent-Smith's time at Lancing College. A small footnote to that concerns the so-called 'Rag Concerts' that Brent-Smith used to organise on the last night of term. Some of these were operatic and when Brent-Smith revived his 'Rag' production of 'Iphigenia' in 1926 one of the cast, making his stage debut, was one Peter Pears, then aged 16. Apparently Pears also took part in stagings of scenes from 'HMS Pinafore' and 'The Mikado' in the following two years.
Lancing encountered financial difficulties in the early 1930s and this resulted in Brent-Smith leaving in 1934. On returning to Gloucestershire he taught for some years at Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham (still flourishing today). He was also a member of the Music Committee of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival so he might have had some input into the programme every three years when Gloucester staged the Festival.
'In Glorious Freedom', mentioned by Rob, was unveiled at the 1923 Three Choirs in Worcester. The Choral Concerto was also premiered at a Worcester Festival - in 1929. I presume these premieres were at the behest of Brent-Smith's former mentor, Sir Ivor Atkins (Organist of Worcester Cathedral 1897-1950).
The first performance of the Elegy written in Elgar's memory was indeed scheduled for the 1939 Festival (at Hereford). In those days the Three Choirs was held in early September so the outbreak of World War II entailed the cancellation of the festival. Other scheduled premieres which were postponed as a result included Part I of Dyson's 'Quo Vadis' and Finzi's 'Dies natalis'. When Three Choirs Festivals resumed in 1946 - at Hereford - all of those works were performed and Brent-Smith conducted his own piece. That's the last reference to him in Boden's book.
I've never heard any of Brent-Smith's music but even allowing for a wish to help home-grown talent the Three Choirs seems to have thought sufficiently well of his music to give several of his pieces an airing.
Nick, I don't know if any of Brent-Smith's music has survived but if you were interested in making further enquiries about it then two possible lines of enquiry could be the Three Choirs Festival Association or Gloucestershire County Archives - I know, for example, that the county archives office contains a lot of Ivor Gurney material.
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