1816–1893

March 27, 1816, Can­ter­bu­ry, Eng­land.

Ap­ril 14, 1816, Pres­by­ter­ian Cha­pel, Can­ter­bu­ry.

De­cem­ber 9, 1893, the Tow­ers, Win­dle­sham, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

St. George’s Cha­pel, Wind­sor, En­gland.

portrait
© National Portrait Gallery

Born into a mu­sic­al fam­i­ly, George was the son of John El­vey and Ab­i­gail Har­di­man.

He start­ed his ca­reer as a boy, sing­ing at Can­ter­bu­ry Ca­thed­ral. Lat­er, he re­ceived for­mal train­ing at the Can­ter­bu­ry Ca­thed­ral School, the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Mu­sic, and Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty (MB 1838, MD 1840).

Around 1835, he was ap­point­ed Mas­ter of the Boys and or­gan­ist at St. George’s Cha­pel, Wind­sor (one of his tunes, St. George’s Wind­sor, takes its name from this lo­ca­tion). He served at St. George’s for al­most half a cen­tu­ry. He was knight­ed in 1871 for his Fes­tiv­al March, played at the wed­ding of Prin­cess Lou­ise.

  1. Adoration
  2. Come, Ye Lof­ty
  3. Datchet
  4. Diademata
  5. Pilgrimage
  6. Rock of Ag­es
  7. St. Crispin
  8. St. George’s Wind­sor
  9. Sunninghill
  10. Urswicke