1839, Charlton, Somerset, England.

October 10, 1917, Perth, Australia.

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 served as organist at St. Peter’s, Eastern Hill (1868–79); All Saints, St. Kilda (until 1896); 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. Summers’ works include:

  1. Palmyra