Born: November 29, 1869, Cathedral Road, Llandaff, Wales.
Died: November 26, 1953, Worcester, England.
Buried: Worcester Cathedral.
Atkins was the husband of Katherine Butler (married 1899), who became mayor of Worcester in 1937.
He graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford (BM, 1892), and subsequently earned a Doctorate in Music at Oxford.
He was assistant organist of Hereford Cathedral (1890–93) and organist of St. Laurence Church, Ludlow (1893–97). He became organist and choirmaster at Worcester in 1897, and was knighted in 1921.
Atkins wrote several songs, chants, anthems, and the cantata Hymn of Faith, composed for the Worcester three choirs festival in 1905.
He also edited a number of works, including Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion.