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organist , mus. director

George Herbert Fairclough, organist, mus. director. Fellow American Guild of Organists. Life; Mason (32 degree).


Fairclough, George Herbert was born on January 30, 1869 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Son of James and Elizabeth (Erving) Fairclough.


Brother of Henry Rushton F. Student of University of Toronto, 1887-1889. Toronto Conservatory of Music, 1887-1889.

Royal High School of Music, Berlin, Germany, 1892-1895. Paris and London, England.


Has been a church organist since age of 11. Organist St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1880, Church of Ascension, Hamilton, 1885, Church of Redeemer, Toronto, 1887, All Saints’ Church, Toronto, 1889. Frequently played at St. George’s English Church, Berlin, 1891-1895.

Organist St. Luke’s Epis. Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1895-1900, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1900-1943, retired (emeritus), 1943. Also organist Jewish Temple, St. Paul, 1904-1922.

Head of Piano, Organ and Theory departments, Macalester College School of Music. Conductor St. Paul Choral Association, 1903-1908. Museum director Brantford (Ontario) Ladies’ College, 1889-1891.

Director Museum Department, Kalamazoo (Michigan) College, 1895-1909. Conductor of large festival choruses in St. Paul at various times. Head of organ department, University of Minnesota School of Music, 1920-1937, emeritus since 1937.

Acting organist and choirmaster Grace (Episcopal) Cathedral, January-March 1946, St. Francis Episcopal Church, San Francisco, June-August 1948.


  • Other Work

    • Composer of many published songs, church music, organ and piano pieces.


Fellow American Guild of Organists. Life; Mason (32 degree).


Married Helen Maude Freeman, September 22, 1897 (she died November 18, 1946). Children: Gordon Freeman, George Herbert, Helen Elizabeth (Mistress.

James Fairclough

Elizabeth (Erving) Fairclough

Helen Maude Freeman

Gordon Freeman Fairclough

George Herbert Fairclough

Helen Elizabeth (Mrs Fairclough