Arthur Henry Mann

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Arthur Henry "Daddy" Mann (16 May 1850, Norwich – 19 November 1929, Cambridge) was an English organist and composer of hymn tunes including "Angel's Story" which was originally written for the hymn 'I love to hear the story', but is also sung to the words 'O Jesus, I have promised.' He was most noted for his role as organist and director of music at King's College Chapel, Cambridge from 1876 until 1929, being the founder director of the world famous tradition of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols since its first performance in 1918. In 1888, he published his own edition of Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium. His edition, though flawed[according to whom?], was the first publication ever made of Tallis's famous motet in forty parts.


Mann graduated from New College, Oxford (MusB 1874, MusD 1882). He was a chorister and assistant organist at Norwich Cathedral. He was an articled pupil to Zechariah Buck.


At 13 he appeared for The Bury St. Edmunds Athaenaem Choral Society in their production of Handel's Judas Maccabaeus in January 1864: "...they gained a like accession of strength in the voice of the young chorister from Norwich Cathedral (Master A. Mann), whose delightful and judicious singing surprised the audience...".[1]

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In 1918 he directed the music and the first service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College Chapel.


  1. ^ "The Bury St. Edmund's Athaenaem Choral Society". Norfolk Chronicle. 16 January 1864. p. 5.
  2. ^ a b c Cathedral Organists, John E. West, London, Novello and Company, 1899.
  3. ^ Dictionary of Organs and Organists, Second Edition, 1921, G. A. Mate (London)
  • Day, Timothy: I Saw Eternity the Other Night: King’s College, Cambridge, and an English Singing Style, Allen Lane (2018); ISBN 978-0-24135-218-2

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
William Amps
Director of the Music, King's College Cambridge|
Succeeded by