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Shaw, Geoffrey (Turton)

Shaw, Geoffrey (Turton)

Shaw, Geoffrey (Turton), English organist, music educator, and composer, brother of Martin (Edward Fallas) Shaw ; b. London, Nov. 14, 1879; d. there, April 14, 1943. He was a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and studied at Gonville and Caius Coll., Cambridge (B.A., 1901; Mus.B., 1902). From 1902 to 1910 he was music master at Gresham’s School, Holt. In 1920 he was named his brother’s successor as organist at St. Mary’s, Primrose Hill, London. He also served as inspector of music to the Board of Education from 1928 until his retirement in 1942. In 1932 he was awarded the honorary Lambeth degree of D.Mus. In 1947 the Geoffrey Shaw Memorial Fund was established to assist musically talented children. He composed a ballet, All at Sea, orch. works, and chamber pieces.

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