Halsey, Ernest, April (?) 1876 - 20 August 1939.
Born in Anerley, England, son of a Congregational minister; educated at Taunton; humorist, composer, journalist, composer and author.
Halsey claimed authorship under his real name for his music compositions, which consisted of organ works (see his Toccata in C minor on YouTube), church cantatas, anthems, settings of pastoral poems, etc. These serious music works were mainly written between 1898 and 1913, according to his list of works on Amazon. As his career as Ashley Sterne, the comic journalist, began to take off in 1913.
LISTEN TO THE FABULOUS TOCCATA HERE:
AND SEE IT PLAYED HERE in Finland;
There is much written by Ashley Sterne here;
Quoted from adrianw (01/10/18)
Halsey largely stopped composing serious music in the first world war, afterwards restricting his musical works to oddities composed as Ashley Sterne. Although humorous these were very competently constructed and often included sophisticated musical jokes that would have gone far over the heads of most of the audience.
"Ashley Sterne , writer of humorous articles, burlesques, and librettos was first of all trained as a musician, but later, on the advice of a palmist, adopted a literary career. Mr. Sterne was the friend of that promising young British composer, W. H. Hurlstone , who died in 1906. In 1908 Mr. Steme entered for a Cobbett competition for a Fantasy Trio. John Ireland won the first prize and Mr. Sterne secured a consolation prize of two guineas. He plays the violin, viola, 'cello, piano, and organ".
Quoted from TheoJ (01/10/18)
"Ashley Sterne" was the anagrammic pseudonym of Ernest Halsey (1876-1939). Halsey wrote under the Ashley Sterne by-line for his comic journalism, chiefly for the London Opinion.