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Frederick Charles Bevan (1856 – 27 March 1939) was a singer and songwriter in England remembered as a teacher of singing in South Australia.
Bevan was born in London, and began his musical career as a chorister and one of the chief soloists at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral, Margaret Street, London. He was also a member of the choir of St. Martin's, Haverstock Hill, and of St Margaret Pattens, and of the Henry Leslie and Joseph Barnby choirs. He studied the organ under C. Willing and W. S. Hoyte, and after further voice training was appointed Gentleman of the Chapel, Chapel Royal, Whitehall in 1878, later receiving an appointment at the Chapel Royal (St. James's Palace) in 1888. He held appointments as assistant Lay Vicar of Westminster Abbey, and Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral. He was also well known as a songwriter with an output of more than 100 songs, a number or part-songs and anthems.
In 1898 he accepted an appointment as teacher of singing at Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium. The London Musical Times reported on the farewell dinner given to him on 25 April at St. James's Restaurant by 150 members of the musical profession, where he was presented with a book of signed autographs of those present, which he kept as a precious memento. He arrived in South Australia aboard Oruba in June 1898.
He was the first singer to appear on the stage of Elder Hall.
He was conductor of the University Choral Class from its inception to 1898. Among his students were Hilda Sincock, Hannah Marritt, Muriel Cheek, Mrs A. H. Morphett, Max Fotheringham, Raymond Bermingham, and Maurice Chenoweth
In those days singing masters at the Conservatorium were entitled to a large percentage of the students' fees. So great was his popularity as a teacher that Bevan was the highest paid employee of the University.
He retired from active teaching at the Conservatorium in 1935.
(As adjudicator of choral contests) A man of strong personality, autocratic, calm, and efficient, his manner convinced the competitors that he was not one to be trifled with, and his decisions were received with due respect. ... he possessed a retentive memory and was a brilliant raconteur ... a most entertaining companion.
His remains were buried at the North Road cemetery, Nailsworth, where a recent memorial records the names of his wife and son Reginald, also one F. P. Bevan and M. C. Bevan, which from the dates may be son Percival and Reginald's twin brother or sister, who most likely never left Britain.
Among his 100 songs, were the popular ballads:
and anthems: Sing Unto God Ye Kingdoms of the Earth
Frederick Bevan (1856 – 1939) married Louisa Ann Agnes Muirson (1853 – 7 February 1934)
They had a home on 241 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide.