Richard Henry Pinwill Coleman (April 3, 1888, Dartmouth, England - February 17, 1965, Eastbourne, England) was a chorister in St George's Church, Ramsgate before going to Denstone College. He studied organ under Sydney H. Nicholson at Carlisle Cathedral and Manchester Cathedral. While at Carlisle he was organist of St Stephen's Church.
On completing his apprenticeship Richard Henry Coleman was appointed Assistant Organist of Manchester Cathedral (1908-1912). He was then Organist of Blackburn Parish Church (St. Mary the Virgin, now the Cathedral) (1912-1914), and of Derry Cathedral (St Columb's Cathedral), Londonderry (1914-1920). He succeeded Haydn Keeton as organist of at Peterborough Cathedral (1921-1944).
Subsequently he was county music organiser for Staffordshire (1944-1947), Organist of Hatfield Parish Church, Hertfordshire (1947-1948), Organist of All Saints', Eastbourne (1949-1959), and then Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Brighton.
He took the Dublin degree of Mus.B. in 1919, followed by that of Mus.D. in 1924, also holding the FRCO diploma in 1911. His book, The Amateur Choir Trainer (1932), reissued in 1964 as The Church Choir Trainer, is still "on the mark," but of course, MUCH has changed since the days when Coleman wrote it.
His music is "conservative," but always well-written. He often wrote with "amateur" organists and "village choirs" in mind.
"Alla Marcia" dates from 1949, and was published by OUP in "A Book of Simple Organ Voluntaries".
It is a tuneful march, well laid out, and with some refined, and even surprising harmonic turns.
I'm actually doing this piece as a request from one of our members seeking "practice in Anglican-style piston pushing. If my specific registrations would be of help and/or interest, please send me a Direct Message with YOUR EMAIL, and I will send them to you! :-)
The score is attached below, as well as a photo of Coleman, as well as two pictures of glorious Peterborough Cathedral.