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