Born: June 26, 1834, Shipdham, Norfolk, England.
Died: January 5, 1923, Norwich, England.
Burnett was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral beginning at age 8. At age 15, he began studying the organ under Zechariah Buck; he was Buck’s assistant organist 1855–77.
He graduated from Cambridge University (MusB 1857, MusD 1869), and in 1870 became a Fellow in the College of Organists.
He conducted the Norwich Musical Union for over two decades, and played the organ at the Norwich Musical Festival. In the 1849 festival, he, Jenny Lind and a Miss Dolby together sang Lift Up Thine Eyes.
He served as organist of St. Peter’s, Mancroft, starting in 1877, was his borough’s organist from 1880, and played at the Lowestoft Pier Concerts at that began in 1890.
His published works include cantatas, anthems, carols, organ pieces and some two dozen hymn tunes.