Born: December 13, 1819, Frome, Somerset, England.
Died: January 3, 1900, Radley, Oxfordshire, England.
Buried: Radley parish church.
Monk studied at Bath and in London with George Macfarren for music theory, and Henry Phillips for singing.
He then became organist at Midsomer Norton church, then Christ Church, Frome. He was organist, precentor and Master of Music at St. Columba’s, Rathfarnham, Dublin (1844), and three years later at Radley College.
He was appointed to York Minster in 1858, succeeding John Camidge. He resigned after 25 years service and returned to Radley, where he spent the rest of his life.
He lived in Radley in a large house called East Cottage where he had pupils. After his death, villagers renovated the church organ as a memorial to him. Though engaged as precentor at Radley College before going to York Minster, he evidently formed an attachment to Radley, in which he took a great interest. A tablet on the organ case reads,
This organ is humbly dedicated to the Glory of God and in pious memory of Edwin George Monk, Mus. Doc & Fellow of the R.A.S. [Royal Astronomical Society—he was an amateur astronomer] First Precentor of St. Peter’s College Radley (1847–58), and organist of York Minster (1858–83).