Edwin Stephenson (organist)

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Edwin Stephenson (1871–1922) was an English cathedral organist, who served in St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham.[1]


He was born in Windermere, Cumbria in 1871. He was a pupil at the Royal College of Music.

His career started early when at the age of 14 he was appointed to Cartmel Priory as organist.[2]

He was a proponent of Tudor church music and he published the Lamentations of Robert Whyte (a former organist at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster).

At a time when many organ recitals favoured transcriptions of orchestral works, Stephenson eschewed them in favour of organ compositions. His recital programmes included the sonatas and larger chorale fantasias of Max Reger and the later symphonies of Charles Widor.


Organist of:

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Arthur Elmore
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham
Succeeded by
William Frederick Dunnill
Preceded by
Reginald Goss-Custard
Organist of St. Margaret's Church, Westminster
Succeeded by
Herbert Dawson


  1. ^ The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw.
  2. ^ Musical Times. Vol 63. 1 Nov 1922