Sir William Henry Hadow CBE

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William Henry Hadow

Birthdate: (78)
Death: 1937 (78)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Elliot Hadow and Mary Lang Cornish
Brother of Herbert Edgcumbe Hadow and Grace Eleanor Hadow OBE

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About Sir William Henry Hadow CBE

Sir William Henry Hadow CBE (27 December 1859 – 8 April 1937) was a leading educational reformer in Great Britain and a musicologist.

Hadow was born at Ebrington, Gloucester, England. He studied at Malvern College, followed by Worcester College, Oxford, where he taught and became Dean (1889). In 1905, Hadow was elected the first Old Malvernian member of the Council of Malvern College. In 1909, he was appointed principal of Armstrong College in the Newcastle Division of Durham University before succeeding, as Warden & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham in 1916. In 1919, he was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University (1919–30).

As chairman of several committees, he published a series of reports on education, notably The Education of the Adolescent (1926) which called for the re-organization of elementary education, the abandonment of all-age schools, and the creation of secondary modern schools. These became known as the Hadow Reports. He was a leading influence in English education at all levels in the 1920s and 1930s.

Hadow wrote a number of publications on music and music theory, including the Oxford History of Music which he wrote and edited. He was a composer. He was also a Member of the Council of the Royal College of Music.

He was awarded a Knight Bachelor in 1918[4] and a CBE in 1920.

He died at Westminster, London.


Music (1925) Williams and Norgate Ltd, England

Collected Essays (1928) Oxford University Press

English Music (1931) Longmans Green & Co, London

Beethoven's Opus Eighteen Quartets

William Byrd 1623-1923 (1920) Humphrey Milford, London

A Comparison of Poetry and Music (1926) Cambridge University Press

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