Born: March 2, 1813, Westminster, England.
Died: October 31, 1887, St. Marylebone, England.
Buried: Hampstead Cemetery, London, England.
George was the brother of Walter Macfarren.
He was a principal of the Royal Academy of Music; professor at Cambridge University; conductor at Covent Garden, London; program note writer for the Philharmonic Society; and editor of Handel and Purcell.
He went blind in 1860, and was knighted in 1883.
Macfarren wrote 18 operas, 13 oratorios and cantatas, 9 symphonies, and 162 songs.