Born: 1847, Bristol, England.
Died: May 29, 1935, Toronto, Canada.
John was the husband of composer and writer Susie Frances Harrison, who used the pseudonym
Harrison studied piano, organ and voice under George Riseley, organist of Bristol Cathedral. He later studied organ in London, and singing in Naples, Italy.
After emigrating to Canada in 1874, he played the organ at St. George’s Anglican Church in Montreal.
In 1879, he moved to Ottawa and became organist and choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral, directed music at the Ladies’ College, and revived the defunct Ottawa Philharmonic Society.
In 1886, he became organist at the Jarvis Street Baptist Church in Toronto, and conducted a 40-member boys and men’s choir at St. Simon-the-Apostle (1888–1916), the Whitby Choral Society, and the Musical Union of Toronto.
He served as president of the Canadian Society of Musicians (1893), and was an examiner for the Toronto College of Music and the University of Toronto.
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