Gerald Hocken Knight

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Gerald Hocken Knight CBE (1908–1979) was an cathedral organist, who served at Canterbury Cathedral.[1]


Gerald Hocken Knight was born on 27 July 1908 in Par, Cornwall, and was educated at Truro Cathedral School and Peterhouse, Cambridge.[2] He was an articled organ pupil of Hubert Stanley Middleton at Truro Cathedral.

Director of the Royal School of Church Music 1954-1973.

He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in 1964.


He published the following compositions and books:

  • The Treasury of English Church Music. Volume one. 1100-1545. Edited by Denis Stevens, etc. 1965
  • Accompaniments for unison Hymn-singing. 1971
  • Christ whose Glory fills the Skies. [Anthem for treble voices and organ.] Words by Charles Wesley, etc. 1957
  • The Coventry Mass. Adapted from medieval sources. Accompaniment by G. H. Knight. 1966
  • Incidental Vocal Music to "The Devil to pay," Play by Dorothy L. Sayers. 1939
  • Incidental Music to The Zeal of Thy House, Dorothy L. Sayers. 1938
  • Twenty Questions on Church Music. Answered by G. H. Knight (Series. no. 3.), 1950
  • R.S.C.M. The first forty years. 1968


Organist of:

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Clement Charlton Palmer
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral
Succeeded by
Douglas Edward Hopkins


  1. ^ The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw
  2. ^ Clive Staples Lewis, ed. Walter Hooper, Collected Letters: Narnia, Cambridge and Joy 1950-1963 (2006), p. 1015: "Gerald Hocken Knight (1908-78) was educated at Truro Cathedral School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he took a BA in 1928."