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Composer: Naylor John

Instruments: Voice Organ

Tags: Sacred cantatas Cantatas Religious music

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Dr. John Naylor (8 June 1838 – 15 May 1897) was a composer and organist of York Minster from 1883- 1897.
He was born in Stanningley, Leeds. His brother George Frederick Naylor was also an organist. He married Mary Ann Chatwin on 26 December 1865. The children from the marriage were:
He died whilst on a voyage to Australia and was buried at sea, between Tenerife and the Cape, on 15 May 1897. A memorial was erected in York Minster on 29 June 1903, designed by George Frederick Bodley. The inscription reads:
Ad Majorem Gloriam Dei et in piam Memoriam Johann Naylor Mus. Doc, Orgaistae et Choragi Hujus Ecclesiae Cathedralis 1883-1897 Hanc effigiem David Dulcis Psalmistae Israelis P C Consanguinei et Amici Nonulli MDCCCCIII
He was a chorister at Leeds Parish Church and studied organ under Robert Senior Burton. He was deputy organist at Leeds Parish Church for a time. He later held two organist's posts in Scarborough. He was appointed organist of York Minster in 1883. He resigned from York Minster on 7 April 1897.
Whilst organist of York Minster he was also the conductor of the York Musical Society.
He was appointed an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in 1895.
He also composed church services, anthems, part-songs, pieces for organ, and a book of chants.