Cyril Rootham

Cyril Bradley Rootham (5 October 1875 – 18 March 1938) was a British composer, conductor and university lecturer who, in the early 20th century, played a key part in the musical life of Cambridge. Rootham was musical director of St. John's College, Cambridge, from 1901 until his death in 1938.

image of Cambridge musician Cyril Bradley Rootham about 1935-36
Cyril Rootham around 1935-36


  • I am not a composer, I’m a clerk.
    • Attributed to Rootham in a letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Herbert Byard, 20 May 1956; cited from "The letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1895-1958", p. 582.

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