The son of R. W. Steggall, Charles Steggall was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and then studied under William Sterndale Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music, where he subsequently became Professor of organ and harmony.
Steggall worked as an organist for many parishes including: Christ Chapel, Maida Vale; Christ Church, Lancaster Gate and Lincoln's Inn, where he was succeeded by his son Reginald Steggall. He was an examiner for the DMus degree.
As its first Hon Secretary, he played an important role under William Sterndale Bennett to form the Bach Society, forerunner to the Bach Choir in London. He taught organ studies to Helen Johnston (a student at Queen's College, London) whom Sterndale Bennett had chosen to translate the St Matthew Passion from German into English for the first performance in London on 6 April 1854.
He edited the first English edition of Bach's Six Motets (BWV 225-230). He was one of the first twenty-one members of the Royal College of Organists. In 1906 he republished the Complete edition of the Hymns Ancient and Modern.
- Cyber Hymnal Biography[permanent dead link]
- Oxford Biography Index entry
- Free scores by Charles Steggall in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores by Charles Steggall at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- "Steggall, Charles (STGL852C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Harvey Grace (1 June 1915). "Lincoln's Inn Chapel and Its Music". The Musical Times. 56 (868): 345–348). doi:10.2307/910728. JSTOR 910728.
- Lecture to the Hymn Society by Allen Blackall on 29 September 1959
- Charles William Pearce, A Biographical Sketch of Edmund Hart Turpin, 1911
- F.G.E., "Charles Steggall", The Musical Times 46, No. 749 (July 1905), pp. 449–452