Born: De­cem­ber 11, 1907, Wi­gan, Lan­cas­ter, Eng­land.

Died: June 20, 1991, Pe­ters­field, Hamp­shire, Eng­land.

Cremated: Chi­ches­ter, West Sus­sex. In­terred at Sal­is­bu­ry Ca­thed­ral, Wilt­shire, where a me­mo­ri­al ser­vice was con­duct­ed in Sep­tem­ber 1991.

Plaque in Salisbury Cathedral


Cyril was the son of De­ci­mus Al­bert Gay Tay­lor (rec­tor of Knap­toft 1915–33). His fa­ther lived at the rec­to­ry in Mows­ley, which at the time was part of the pa­rish of Knap­toft.

Cyril at­tend­ed Christ Church, Ox­ford.

He was or­dained in the Church of Eng­land and be­came pre­cen­tor of Bris­tol Ca­thed­ral, and lat­er Sal­is­bu­ry Ca­thed­ral (1969–75).

During World War II, he was the Brit­ish Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion’s pro­duc­er of Re­li­gious Broad­cast­ing and, while sta­tioned in Ab­bot’s Leigh, he wrote the fa­mous tune of that name.

In 1953, when the Roy­al School of Church Mu­sic moved from Can­ter­bu­ry to Ad­ding­ton Place, he be­came its first War­den.

For ma­ny years, Tay­lor served as a pro­pri­e­tor of Hymns Ancient & Mo­dern, play­ing a ma­jor ed­it­or­i­al role in com­pil­ing the two sup­ple­ments and the New Stand­ard Ed­i­tion.



Help Needed

If you know where to get a larg­er pho­to of Tay­lor (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),