Myles Birket Foster

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Born: 28 November 1851

Died: 18 December 1922


Myles Birket Foster was born in London, England. His father was Myles Birket Foster (1825–1899), a well-known illustrator watercolorist and engraver. He attended Guildford Grammar School and trained at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Ebenezer Prout, Hamilton Clarke, and Sir Arthur Sullivan. He held organist positions at Haweis’ church; St. James Church, Marylebone; and St. George’s, Campden Hill. From 1880-92 he was organist at the Foundling Hospital and at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and was choirmaster of St. James, Holborn. He also was editor for Boosey. He became an Examiner of Trinity College, London, requiring him to spend many years in Australia and South Africa. He authored the books Anthems and Anthem Composers and History of the Philharmonic Society. His compositions include service music, anthems, cantatas for children’s voices, songs, and part-songs, mostly two-part or patriotic.

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