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Geoffrey Shaw (Composer, Arranger)

Born: November 14, 1879 - London, England
Died: April 14, 1943 - London, England

The English organist, music educator, and composer, Geoffrey (Turton) Shaw, was brother of the organist and composer Martin (Edward Fallas) Shaw. Geoffrey was a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral in London under Sir George Martin. Later he was organ scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied under Sir Charles Stanford and Dr. Chas. Wood (B.A., 1901; Mus.B., 1902).

From 1902 to 1910 Geoffrey Shaw was music master at Gresham's School, Holt. In 1920 he was named his brother's successor as organist at St. Mary's, Primrose Hill, London. He also served as inspector of music to the Board of Education from 1928 until his retirement in 1942. In this post he devoted himself to the furtherance of popular organisations, both in the schools and training colleges and by means of such unofficial activities as summer schools for teachers and competitive festivals. In 1932 he was awarded the honorary Lambeth degree of D.Mus. In 1947 the Geoffrey Shaw Memorial Fund was established to assist musically talented children.

Geoffrey Shaw composed a ballet, All at Sea, orchestral works, and chamber pieces, as well as partsongs and unison songs. He also co-operated with his brother in editing song books.


Source: Groveís Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition; Author: H.C. Colles); Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
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Aryeh Oron (July 2007)

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