William Whittaker

Biography of William Whittaker

William Gillies Whittaker
William Gillies Whittaker

William Gillies Whittaker (1876-1944) was the first Gardiner Professor of Music at the University, from 1930 until 1941, and was responsible for raising the subject to full degree status.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Whittaker originally intended to study for a career in Science but switched to Music, working for many years as a music teacher and playing the organ in churches. He was a member of staff at Armstrong College from 1899 to 1929, during which time he founded the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bach Choir, and during his tenure of the Gardiner Chair in Glasgow he was also Principal of the Scottish National Academy of Music.


William Whittaker
Music Scholar

Born 23 July 1876, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
Died 5 July 1944.
University Link: Alumnus, Professor
Occupation categories: musicians
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Record last updated: 17th Jul 2008

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