1820-1876

July 7, 1820, Lambeth, London, England.

October 7, 1876, London, England.

Cooper (actually George Cooper III) came from a long line of organists who played at St. Sepulchre’s Church, Newgate Street, London, throughout the 19th Century. By age 11, he often took the service at St. Paul’s for his father, and at the Festivals of the Sons of the Clergy, it was the delight of Attwood (then chief organist) to make him extemporize. On one such occasion, Mendelssohn is said to have remarked and praised him.

One of his earliest appointments, age 13, was to St. Benet’s Church in Upper Thames Street, where later John Stainer officiated (1854-56). Cooper was also one of the organists of the Chapel Royal (1856), was organist and music master at Christ’s Hospital, and in 1843, he succeeded his father as assistant to John Goss at St. Paul’s. He was the first editor to supervise the production of the new Wesleyan Tune-Book (both he and his successor Gauntlett passed away while the work was in progress; it was finished by Edward Hopkins). Cooper’s works include:

  1. St. Sepulchre