Mervyn John Byers

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Mervyn John Byers FTCL ARCO (CHM) FRSCM (Hon) (23 March 1924 – 2 March 2011) was an Australian organist and composer.


He was born on 23 March 1924 in Burwood, Sydney. After five years' war service, he won a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He then completed his education at the University of London.

After he retired from Selby Abbey in 1987 he moved back to Australia.

He died on 2 March 2011 in Blackheath, NSW



He is well known for the recording of organ music he produced from Selby Abbey in 1969.

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Long
Organist of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney
1957 - 1965
Succeeded by
Michael Hemans
Preceded by
David Patrick Gedge
Organist of Selby Abbey
1966 - 1976
Succeeded by
Peter Seymour
Preceded by
Anthony Langford
Organist of Selby Abbey
1980 - 1987
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Pearce


  1. ^ Who's who in Australia, Volume 17; Volumes 19-22. The Herald, 1965
  2. ^ Musical opinion and music trade review - Volume 111, Issue 1324; Volume 111 - Page 125