Born: August 28, 1826, Westminster, London, England.
Died: September 2, 1905, at home in St. Pancras, London, England.
Buried: St. Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London, England.
Brother of George Macfarren, Walter served as a chorister in Westminster Abbey (1836–41).
He entered the Royal Academy of Music in 1842 and was a professor of piano there (1846–1903).
He composed pieces for piano, voice and piano, and vocal ensemble, and for many years was a music critic for The Queen.