Cyril Rootham

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

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.


  • 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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