English organist and composer Edwin Lemare was born at Ventnor on 9 September 1866 and trained initially with his father, an Isle of Wight music seller. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and became an organ professor and also an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He came to notice by playing two organ recitals each day at the 1884 Inventions Exhibition, and subsequently played around the UK.
He visited the USA and Canada for a long recital tour in 1900 and 1901, and remained in North America for most of the rest of his life, dying in Hollywood, California, on 24 September 1934.
A selection of M&V articles about Edwin Lemare
Refreshingly Unusual - David Davies plays the organ of Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Music for the Brave Organist - Mike Wheeler listens to David Liddle's recital at Derby Cathedral
Ensemble. Consummate Professionalism - Nigel Ogden begins Derby Cathedral's series of summer organ recitals, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. The Finest of Them All - The 2012 Hereford Three Choirs Festival, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Nicely Paced - Martyn Rawles at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler
Great Energy - Timothy Byram-Wigfield plays the organ at Derby Cathedral and impresses Mike Wheeler