Born: 1839, Charlton, Somerset, England.
Died: October 10, 1917, Perth, Australia.
Buried: Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Australia.
Son of a mason, Summers was a chorister at Wells Cathedral, and studied under Henry Gauntlett and William Sterndale Bennett.
He played the organ at St. Andrew’s College, Bradfield (1861); Holy Trinity Church, Weston-Super-Mare (1864); and St. Peter’s, Notting Hill, London (1865).
In 1865, he and his wife emigrated to Melbourne, Australia.
In Australia, he played the organ at St. Peter’s, Eastern Hill (1868–79); All Saints, St. Kilda (until 1896); for the Melbourne Philharmonic Society (1869) (he was also the society’s conductor, 1872–74); and the Metropolitan Liedertafel (1882–83).
In 1867, he became a music teacher examiner for the Board of Education.
Oxford University conferred a belated Bachelor of Music degree upon him 1887.