1856-1939

1856, London, England.

March 27, 1939.

North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, South Australia.

Bevan is remembered as a singer and songwriter in England, and as a singing teacher of singing in South Australia. He began his musical career as a chorister and one of the chief soloists at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, Margaret Street, London. He was also a member of the choir of St. Martin’s, Haverstock Hill, and of St. Margaret Pattens, and of the Henry Leslie and Joseph Barnby choirs. He studied the organ under Christopher Willing and William S. Hoyte, and after further voice training was appointed Gentleman of the Chapel, Chapel Royal, Whitehall in 1878. In 1888, he received an appointment at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace.

He held appointments as assistant Lay Vicar of Westminster Abbey, and Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral. He was also well known as a song writer with an output of more than 100 songs, a number or part-songs and anthems.

In 1898 he accepted an appointment as teacher of singing at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, Australia. The London Musical Times reported on the farewell dinner given to him April 25 at St. James’ Restaurant by 150 members of the musical profession, where he was presented with a book of autographs of those present. He arrived in South Australia in June 1898. He served as organist and choirmaster at the North Adelaide Congregational Church for two decades.

Bevan’s works include:

  1. Grace