May 5, 1867, Bath, Eng­land.

May 4, 1953, Rock­port, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


Noble stu­died at the Roy­al Col­lege of Mu­sic (RCM) with, among oth­ers, Charles Stan­ford. No­ble be­came a fel­low of the RCM in 1905.

He served as a church or­gan­ist in Cam­bridge and Col­ches­ter. He moved to Ely Ca­thed­ral in 1892 as or­gan­ist and choir­mas­ter, and in 1898 to York Min­ster, where he found­ed the York Sym­pho­ny Or­ches­tra, di­rect­ed the York Mu­sic­al So­ci­e­ty, con­duct­ed the York Pa­geant, and re­vived the York Mu­sic­al Fes­tiv­al after a lapse of 75 years. He be­came an hon­or­a­ry fel­low of the Roy­al Col­lege of Or­gan­ists in 1905.

In 1913, he moved to New York Ci­ty, where he was or­gan­ist at St. Tho­mas’ Epis­co­pal Church, and es­tab­lished its choir school and a boys’ choir.

In ad­di­tion to com­pos­ing, he wrote about mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion, and helped ed­it the 1916 Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal hym­nal, and served on the mu­sic com­mit­tee that pre­pared its 1940 suc­cess­or.

He wrote a wide range of mu­sic, but on­ly his ser­vic­es, an­thems and hymn tunes are still per­formed re­gu­lar­ly.

  1. Bethlehem Land
  2. Eastwick
  3. Mauburn
  4. New York
  5. Ora La­bo­ra

No­ble’s place of bu­ri­al