Hollins, Alfred (1865-1942)

Alfred Hollins was an English organist composer and teacher, who was noted as a recitalist in Scotland.

Hollins was born Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, and was blind from birth. His mother died while he was young, and little is known about his father. After his mother's death, Hollins was sent to live with his "Aunt Mary", who gave him his first piano lesson. It is rumoured that Hollins had perfect pitch and, upon hearing any two notes on the piano, could name them.

In 1878, Hollins enrolled at the Royal National College for the Blind at Upper Norwood. He impressed the Principal of his potential as a musician such that he was given the opportunity to study with Frits Hartvigson on the piano and Dr E.J. Hopkins on the organ. Hollins then presented several successful concerts including one at the Crystal Palace, where he performed the solo part of the Emperor Concerto, and a concert at Windsor in the presence of Queen Victoria.


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Celebration ('Wedding') March
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Hollins / R R Hall