1822-1905

March 17, 1822, Hexham, Northumberland, England.

July 21, 1905.

Samuel was the son of George Agnew Reay, organist of Hexham Abbey, and Eleanor Spraggon. When the family moved to Ryton on Tyne, Samuel became a chorister at Durham Cathedral. After leaving the choir, he took organ lessons from Stimpson of Birmingham. He served as organist at St. Andrew’s, Newcastle (1845); St. Peter’s, Tiverton, Devon (1847); St. John’s Parish Church, Hampstead (1854); St. Saviour’s, Warwick Road, London (1856); St. Stephen’s, Paddington, London; Radley College, Abingdon (1859, succeeding E. G. Monk); and Bury, Lancashire (1861). In 1864 he was appointed Song-schoolmaster and organist of the parish Church in Newark, Nottinghamshire, from which he retired in 1901.

Reay is noted for having performed the first organ arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, which he arranged while in Tiverton. While in Newark, he conducted of the Newark Philharmonic Society.

  1. Allesley
  2. Beechen Grove
  3. Benediction
  4. Bickleigh
  5. Ceylon
  6. Chorley
  7. Comforter Divine
  8. Laus Sempiterna
  9. Thorpe
  10. Undique Gloria