John Henry Maunder

John Henry Maunder

John Henry Maunder

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John Henry Maunder (February 21, 1858 – January 21, 1920) was an English composer and organist best known for his cantata "Olivet to Calvary" .


John Henry Maunder was born in Chelsea and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was organist at St Matthew’s, Sydenham 1876-7, and St Paul’s, Forest Hill 1878-9, neither of which now exists, as well as churches in Blackheath and Sutton, and accompanied concerts in the Albert Hall. He was conductor of the Civil Service Vocal Union from 1881, and also trained the choir for Henry Irving’s original production of Faust at the Lyceum Theatre in 1887.


Maunder composed many church cantatas, which for a while were widely performed and admired, but in recent times have gone out of fashion. Not long ago many choirs used to sing Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary (words by Shapcott Wensley - pseudonym for H S Bunce) regularly with Stainer’s Crucifixion at Passiontide in alternate years. Other seldom performed cantatas include Bethlehem; Penitence, Pardon and Peace; and one called The Martyrs for men’s voices. A largely forgotten piece he composed for Harvest is a paraphrase of several psalms called "Praise the Lord O Jerusalem."

Maunder also wrote operettas. His Daisy Dingle received its first performance in Forest Hill in 1885, and another operetta was called The Superior Sex. He also wrote a piece called Thor’s War Song.

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In 1922, an American reviewer for The......
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