Born: September 11, 1844, Lambourn, Berkshire, England.
Died: February 23, 1916, London, England.
Buried: St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Martin first served as organist at Lambourn Church. He then studied under John Stainer, organist of Magdalen College, Oxford (to which he regularly cycled the 22 miles from his home for lessons).
Martin earned his BMus degree in 1871, and became organist to the private chapel of the Duke of Buccleuch at Dalkeith, Midlothian, holding the post—and that of organist of St. John’s Edinburgh—until 1874. He was then invited by the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul’s to be the boys’ music master at the new choral foundation at the cathedral.
In 1876, he succeeded George Cooper as sub-organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral, then Stainer as organist in 1888. He became Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music in 1883.
Queen Victoria knighted him in 1897 when he directed the musical arrangements at the great Thanksgiving Service, held June 22 on the west steps of St. Paul’s, in celebration of the 60th year of Victoria’s reign.