George J. Elvey

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Alias: George Job Elvey


Born: 27 March 1816

Died: 9 December 1893


Sir George Job Elvey was born in Canterbury, England, sang at Canterbury Cathedral as a child, and received much of his musical education from his brother Stephen Elvey, who was appointed organist of New College, Oxford. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He served as temporary organist at Christ Church, Magdalen, and New College, Oxford; and was appointed “master of the boys” and organist at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, serving there for nearly half a century. He died in Windlesham, Surrey. His compositions include two oratorios, service music, anthems, hymns, organ pieces, songs, and part-songs. His most well-known pieces are the hymn tunes DIADEMATA, familiar as “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” and ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, familiar as “Come, Ye thankful People, Come.”

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