A mainly self-taught composer, Broome won eight first prizes in composition at the Welsh Eisteddfods. The most notable of his winning compositions was the dramatic cantata The Siege of Cardiff Castle (1908; manuscript at National Library of Canada). Another cantata, A Hymn of Trust (Psalm 18), was published (1910) by G. Schirmer. Approximately 100 of his works, primarily for church, were published by G. Schirmer, Ditson, Boston Music Company, and Schmidt. His arrangement of 'O Canada' was published by Nordheimer in 1907 (English words by James Acton, reprinted in The Home Journal and The Church Choir, both Dec 1907), and a second one by Anglo-Canadian in 1910 (English words by Mercy E. Powell McCulloch). Two of his choral works, 'Lead, Kindly Light' and 'Voices of the Sky,' are reprinted in CMH vol 9 and his song 'The Hour Has Come' is reprinted in CMH vol 13. His pupils included Allan Burt and Isabel Lloyd. He was president of the Toronto Clef Club in 1910.
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