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Elvey, G. J.

SIR GEORGE JOB ELVEY (1816-1893) was born into a musical family. He was a boy chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and studied with his brother Stephen at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a capable organist at age 17 and at 19 was appointed "master of the boys" and organist at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, serving the royal family there for almost fifty years. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1871. He composed two oratorios, The Resurrection and Ascension (1840) and Mount Carmel (1886), as well as anthems and service music. Two of his hymn tunes include DIADEMATA and ST. GEORGE'S, WINDSOR.