William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875), Distinguished English composer of Romantic period. He entered the choir of King's College chapel in 1824. In 1826 he was accepted as a child prodigy into the Royal Academy of Music studying piano and composition. In 1833 he was appointed organist of St. Anne's Church in Wandsworth. In 1848 he became a founding Director of Queens College London. He composed symphonies, piano concertos, his music was much influenced by Mendelssohn.