1750–1809

1750, Lambeth, London, England.

March 15, 1809, London, England.

Son of a schoolmaster, Gawler was an organist, teacher, and composer. His Op. 2, a collection of pieces for harpsichord or pianoforte, was published by Preston in the Strand in 1780. Harmonia Sacra, containing psalm tunes, anthems, hymns, and a voluntary, appeared in 1781.

In 1784 Gawler was appointed organist (with a salary of £63l) to the Asylum for Female Orphans, Lambeth. He composed for their chapel music (Op. 16) to ‘Twelve Divine Songs’ by Isaac Watts, and collected the psalm tunes in use there in 1785; two sets of voluntaries for the organ (Grove); and some patriotic songs.

He was parish clerk at Lambeth for many years, retiring in 1802. His works include:

  1. Goshen