Born: June 8, 1834, Winchester, Hampshire, England.
Died: April 9, 1897, Cambridge, England.
Buried: Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
George was the son of George Garrett, Master of the Choristers at Winchester Cathedral.
Het started his musical career as a chorister at New College, Oxford (1844–48) under Stephen Elvey. He was a pupil (1847–54) and assistant (1851–54) to Samuel Wesley, and earned several degrees from the University of Cambridge: (MusB 1857, MusD 1867, MA 1878).
He served as organist at St. Thomas (from 1848) and Holy Trinity (from 1852), Winchester; Madras Cathedral, India (1854–57); and St. John’s College, Cambridge (1856–97). At Cambridge, he succeeded J. L. Hopkins as organist (from 1873), and lectured in harmony and counterpoint (from 1883).