William Southcombe Lloyd Webber CBE (11 March 1914 – 29 October 1982) was an English organist and composer, who achieved some fame as a part of the modern classical music movement whilst commercially facing mixed opportunities. Besides his long and prestigious career, composing works ranging from choral pieces to instrumental items and more, he is known for being the father of both fellow composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He also notably served as a teacher, instructing pupils on music theory at the Royal College of Music for many years until his death in 1982.
He was born in London and his father,William Charles Henry Webber, a self-employed plumber, was a keen organ 'buff'.
By the age of 14, William Lloyd Webber had already become a well-known organ recitalist, giving frequent performances at many churches and cathedrals throughout Great Britain. He won an organ scholarship to the Mercers' School, later winning a further scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Ralph Vaughan Williams and gained his FRCO diploma at nineteen.
He was organist of All Saints, Margaret Street, and later of Westminster Central Hall, both in London.
"Solemn Procession" is fourth in a collection of thirteen pieces in 1961. It was included in a Novello volume, "Fanfares and Processionals".
It is exactly what the title implies - a solemn procession, proceeded by a brief fanfare that make use of both the Solo Tuba and Tromba.
The melody is very grand, and has great dignity. It builds up to a tremendous climax, and the harmonies have just the right amount of "splash" mixed in!
The piece is also the perfect length for liturgical usage, although it would also make an excellent recital offering.
Attached below are several photos of William Lloyd Webber, and one of Westminster Central Hall, and one of All Saint's Church, Margaret Street.