Thomas Harold Hunt Craxton, OBE (30 April 1885 – 30 March 1971) was an English pianist and composer.
Craxton studied piano at the Tobias Matthay Pianoforte School and made a name for himself early in his career as an accompanist with performers such as Dame Nellie Melba, Dame Clara Butt, Lionel Tertis and John McCormack.
In 1919 he became a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. He remained there until 1961, although he continued teaching from his studio long into his later years. Some notable students included Winifred Atwell, Joyce Howard Barrell, Howard Brown, Elaine Hugh-Jones, Alexander Kelly, Denis Matthews, Noel Mewton-Wood, A A Owen, and Alan Richardson.
Craxton was also an active composer. His first published work was the "Three Pieces for Pianoforte" (1911). Some of his songs were recorded by John McCormack and Lauritz Melchior. He also collected musical compositions in association with Alfred Edward Moffat.
Craxton and his wife Essie had one daughter and five sons, including the artist John Craxton, the BBC Television Producer Antony Craxton and the distinguished oboist Janet Craxton.
Craxton died aged 85 in 1971.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 30th, 1885, Died March 30th, 1971 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-15420||10-in.||11/23/1914||Mavis||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-23758||10-in.||3/4/1920||Beneath the moon of Lombardy||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-40167||10-in.||10/11/1927||Beloved, I am lonely||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||47456||10-in.||4/3/1917||Mavis||Ruby Helder||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||37234||12-in.||3/25/1915||Mavis||Reed Miller||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||76025||12-in.||approximately 1918||A hymn for aviators||Clara Butt ; Harold Craxton||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||76026||12-in.||approximately 1917||Daddy||Clara Butt ; Harold Craxton||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||3608||10-in.||approximately Feb. 1920||Mavis||Theo Karle||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||4046||10-in.||8/17/1915||Mavis||Hardy Williamson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||4595||10-in.||3/20/1916||Mavis||James Harrod||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6154||10-in.||between 5/1/1918 and 5/7/1918||Sorrow no more||Helen Clark||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18743||10-in.||9/20/1928||Mavis||Frank Munn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||N-446||12-in.||9/20/1928||Mavis||Frank Munn||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Gramophone||Bb983||10-in.||2/7/1922||Tambourin||Jacques Thibaud||Violin solo||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Craxton, Harold," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104526.
Craxton, Harold. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104526.
"Craxton, Harold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.
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