Biography of Sir Ernest Bullock
Sir Ernest Bullock (1890-1979) was Gardiner Professor of Music at the University from 1941 to 1952. He was awarded an LLD in 1955.
Born in Wigan, Bullock studied Music with Sir Edward Bairstow and graduated BMus (1908) and DMus (1914) from the University of Durham. He was already becoming known as a promising composer before the outbreak of the First World War, in which he served as a Captain and Adjutant in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Bullock was an organist at Manchester Cathedral, St Michael's College, Tenbury and Exeter Cathedral before he became organist at Westminster Abbey in 1928, and he was was joint musical director and conductor of the Coronation Service in 1937. In 1941 he was appointed to the University Chair and Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
During his time in Glasgow, Bullock made a significant contribution to Scottish music and he was knighted in 1951. He left Glasgow in January 1953 to become Director of the Royal College of Music in London.