Holst was born in Cheltenham on 21st September, 1874. In 1914 he began work on his best known composition which later became known as the Planets suite. His influence was the Indian zodiac which he studied and used to draw up horoscopes for friends. There are only seven planets because Pluto was not yet discovered, however it has recently been downgraded and is no longer officially a planet. The suite was originally written for two pianos and in today’s concert it was played this way.