John Naylor (organist)
He was born in Stanningley, Leeds. He married Mary Ann Chatwin on 26 December 1865. The children from the marriage were:
- Edward Woodall Naylor 1867 - 1934 was also an organist and composer.
- Emily Naylor b. 1868
- Charles Legh Naylor 1869 - 1945. Organist of St. Peter's Church, Harrogate.
- Clara Naylor b. 1870
- Henry Darnley Naylor 1872 - 1945 was a classical scholar, who worked at the University of Melbourne, and the University of Adelaide
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.
- Organist at St Mary's Church, Scarborough 1856 - 1873
- Organist at All Saints' Church, Scarborough 1873 - 1883
- Organist at York Minster 1883 - 1897
- Jeremiah 1883
- In the Wilderness; or, The Soul's Life 1895
- The Brazen Serpent
He also composed church services, anthems, part-songs, pieces for organ, and a book of chants.
- The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw. Clarendon Press. Oxford. 1991. ISBN 0198161751
- The Musical Times, 1 August 1903
- Yorkshire Gazette - Saturday 29 December 1883
- Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough - Saturday 17 April 1897
- The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular. 1 July 1897