Arthur William Marchant

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Born: 18 October 1850

Died: 23 November 1921


Arthur William Marchant was born in Lambeth, London, England. He was trained at Oxford and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO). In the first part of his career, he held organist positions at St. John’s College, Mansfield; Streatham Parish Church, London; and St. Luke’s, Kentish Town, London. In 1879, he accompanied Henry Martyn Hart (1838-1920) to the USA and became organist at the Denver Cathedral, Colorado. Hart, who became Dean of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, wrote in his reflections: “Arthur W. Marchant, whom I brought with me, was a genius. His anthems, especially his Magnificat, are widely sung. He was a Mus. Bac. Oxon. of which degree he was very naturally proud, and occasionally, to emphasize his authority in musical matters, he paraded his distinction. But what did the ‘wild and woolly West’ in those days care for a degree? The paper said, to his great angerment, ‘He must B an Oxon.’ Magnificent organist though he was, he was helpless as a choir-master.” Returning to England, Marchant held organist positions at Sevenoaks Parish Church, England; All Saints’ Parish Church, Huntingdon; St. John’s (Episcopal), Dumfries, Scotland; and Holy Trinity (Episcopal), Stirling, Scotland. He died in Stirling. His compositions were mostly church music, piano pieces, organ pieces, and songs.

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