George Job Elvey

ELVEY, (Sir) George Job. b. Canterbury, 27 March 1816; d. Windlesham, Surrey, 9 December 1893. Born into a family with strong musical connections to the city, he was a chorister in Canterbury Cathedral under the organist Highmore Skeats. He studied under his brother Stephen Elvey* who was organist at New College, Oxford, and deputised as organist there, at Magdalen and at Christ Church. He took his B.Mus. in 1838 and D.Mus in 1840. He also studied under Cipriani Potter and William Crotch at the Royal Academy of Music. At the age of only 19 (and having competed with George Smart*, Henry Bishop and S. S. Wesley*), he was appointed organist at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1835. He held the...

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