George Job Elvey was born in Canterbury, England on March 27, 1816, and died in England on December 9, 1893. He was educated as a chorister.
Before he turned seventeen, he was a highly skilled organist. At the age of nineteen he became master of the boys at St. George Royal Chapel of Windsor, the home church of the royal family.
From 1835 to 1883 he was the organist for the St. George Royal Chapel.
At the age of 34, he received the degree of Doctor of Music from Oxford in 1840.
On his forty-seventh year at St. George’s Chapel, he played many services involving the royal family.
In 1863, he played at the wedding of the Prince of Wales, who became King Edward the VII, upon Queen Victoria’s death in 1901.
In 1871, he was knighted after writing the Festival March for the wedding of Princess Louise, becoming Sir George Elvey.
He wrote a number of popular tunes including:
Some songs he wrote are:
William J. Reynolds, Companion to Baptist Hymnal (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1976). page 273 & 303
Richard W. Adams, The Cyber Hymnal, “hymn” (1996-2012) http://www.hymntime.com/tch. Source of photo.
Dec 2012 additions:
Charles S. Nutter and Wilbur F. Tillett, The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church: an Annotated Edition of The Methodist Hymnal (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1911), p. 456.