Herman Brearley

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Herman Brearley (died 1940) was an English cathedral organist, who served in Blackburn Cathedral.[1]


Herman Brearley was born in Batley, Yorkshire.

He was a chorister and then assistant organist at Lichfield Cathedral.[2]

He was appointed Conductor of the Preston Choral Society in 1918, and conductor of the Blackburn Philharmonic Choral Society in 1922. He was also the Conductor of the Meistersingers Society, the Northrop Male Voice Choir and the Grammar School Society.

He was also Blackburn Borough organist, the first holder of the post, 1922 - 1930.[3]

He was also Music Master at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn.

In 1935 he became teacher of singing, sight-singing and musical dictation at the Royal Manchester College of Music.[4]

In 1937 he succeeded Harold Dawber as Chorus Master of the Hallé Choir.[5]


Assistant Organist of :

Organist of:

  • Halstead Parish Church, Essex, 1895–1901
  • Holy Trinity, Hastings 1901 - ????
  • All Saints, Hastings ???? - 1916
  • Blackburn Cathedral 1916 - 1939
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Charles Hylton Stewart
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Blackburn Cathedral
Succeeded by
Thomas Lucas Duerden


  1. ^ The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw.
  2. ^ 20th Century Cathedral Organists. Enid Bird
  3. ^ The Musical Times. July 1940
  4. ^ The history of the Royal Manchester College of Music, 1893-1972. Michael Kennedy
  5. ^ The Hallé tradition: a century of music By Michael Kennedy