September 6, 1781, London, England.

August 9, 1861, Nice, France.


Novello’s father was Italian, his mother English. As a boy, he was a chorister at the Sardinian chapel in Duke Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, where he learned to play the organ. From 1796 to 1822 he became in succession organist of the Sardinian, Spanish (in Manchester Square) and Portuguese (in South Street, Grosvenor Square) chapels, and from 1840 to 1843 of St Mary’s Chapel, Moorfields. He also taught music privately throughout his career. One of his notable pupils was musicologist and music critic Edward Holmes. Novello studied organ under Samuel Webbe, and served as organist at the Portuguese embassy. In 1811, he founded Novello and Company, and was a charter member of the Philharmonic Society. In 1847, he retired to Nice, and his son Alfred took over Novello and Company.

  1. Albano
  2. Cumberland
  3. Novello
  4. Penshurst

Novello’s burial place