Born: March 8, 1828, London, England.
Died: April 16, 1881, Bolingbroke House Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England.
Buried: Woking Cemetery, Woking, England.
Martin began his musical studies as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral under William Hawes, and was one of the choir boys at Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Queen Victoria.
He became a professor of music at the Normal College for Army Schoolmasters, and was resident music master at St. John’s Training College, Battersea (1845–53). He was also the first organist of Christ Church, Battersea, which opened in 1849.
In 1859, he conducted the National Schools Choral Festival at the Crystal Palace in London. In 1860, he established the National Choral Society.
In 1864, he organized a thousand voice choir for the Macbeth music at the three hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
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