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Stanley Marchant

Biographical information

Full nameStanley Robert•Marchant
Used nameStanley•Marchant
Born15 May 1883 in London, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died28 February 1949 in London, Greater London, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Sir Stanley Marchant had been the Principal of the Royal Academy of Music from 1936, until the time of his death in 1949. Until a few months before his death, he was organist at the Blythburgh Parish Church in Suffolk, where he owned a cottage.

An outstanding chorister as a youngster, he was well known for his solo performances all over the country. Marchant obtained a Doctor’s degree in Music from Pembroke College, Oxford after winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy. During World War I he served in the 23rd London Regiment and played in the battalion band, eventually becoming bandmaster.

Marchant was a former organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral before joining the Royal Academy of Music, and had the honour of composing a Te Deum sung at the Silver Jubilee Service for King George V in 1935. He held the post of President of the Royal College of Organists from 1930-32 and in 1935 was president of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. He was also a member of the Covent Garden Opera Trust, and in 1943 was knighted. Marchant’s funeral service was held at St. Paul’s.


Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1948 Summer Olympics Art Competitions GBR Stanley Marchant
Music, Compositions For Orchestra, Open (Olympic) Final Standings Judge
Music, Instrumental And Chamber, Open (Olympic) Final Standings Judge
Music, Vocals, Open (Olympic) Final Standings Judge