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Frank Merrick (1886-1981)

Frank Merrick (1886 – 1981) was an English pianist in the early 1900s. He was born in Clifton.

He was imprisoned as a conscientious objector in the First World War.

. . . he taught at the Royal Manchester College of Music and from 1929 at the Royal College of Music. He is particularly known for winning the Columbia Gramophone Company competition to write the remaining movements (scherzo and finale) of Schubert's 8th Symphony. This occurred in 1928.

from a report of the 25th World Vegetarian Congress 1979, Loughborough, England:

The first event on Sunday was a piano recital by Brian Wright, in which he played music by vegetarian composers: Cyril Scott, Frank Merrick, Percy Granger and Thomas Pitfield. As far as we know, these are the only vegetarian composers of classical music, it would be interesting to hear from anyone who can add to this list.

We currently have no other details about Frank Merrick, excpet that he taught Thomas Pitfield who was also a long term vegetarian.


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