|Short Name:||G. W. Martin|
|Full Name:||Martin, G. W. (George William), 1825-1881|
George William Martin United Kingdom 1825-1881. Born in London, he became a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral under William Hawes, and also at Westminstwer Abbey at the coronation of Queen Victoria. He became a professor of music at the Normal College for Army Schoolmasters, and was from 1845-1853 resident music-master at St. John’s Training College, Battersea, and was the first organist of Christ Church, Battersea in 1849. In 1860 he established the National Choral Society which he maintained for some years at Exeter Hall, having an admirable series of oratorio performances. He edited and published cheap editions of these and other works not readily available to the public. He organized a 1000-voice choir at the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. He had an aptitude for training children and conducted the National Schools Choral Festival at the Crystal Palace in 1859. As a composer his genius was in directing madrigal and part song, and in 1845 his prize glee “Is she not beautiful?” was published. Due to intemperance he sank from a position that gave him notoriety in the elements of musical force in the metropolis. He composed tunes, canticles, and motets. He died destitute in a hospital at Wandsworth, London. No information found regarding family.