George Thomas Smart

SMART, (Sir) George Thomas. b. London, 10 May 1776; d. London, 23 February 1867. He received his early musical education as a Child (chorister) of the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, and began his career as organist of St James’ Chapel, Hampstead Road (1791). A few years later he added a similar post at Brunswick Chapel and in 1822 he was appointed one of the two joint organists of the Chapel Royal. By the end of his career his inability to play the pedals was out-dated: when invited to try a pedal organ at the Great Exhibition his reply was, ‘My dear Sir, I never in my life played upon a gridiron’. It was, however, as a conductor (presiding at the piano or organ, not, as is commonly...

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