William Wells Hewitt

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William Wells Hewitt FRCO (8 November 1898[1] - 10 October 1966) was an English organist and composer who spent much of his working life in Canada.


He was born on 8 November 1898 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Robert Hewitt and Mary Elizabeth Cooke.

He studied music under Dr. George Bennett at Lincoln Cathedral for 10 years, becoming his assistant organist.

He served in the Royal Air Force in the First World War.

On 11 April 1928 he married Katharine Kitty Markham in Stratford upon Avon.

He was Chairman of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists from 1940 to 1942.



He composed two hymn tunes, Stratford-upon-Avon and Nunc Dimitte.


  1. ^ The Canadian who's who - Volume 10, 1966
  2. ^ The Parish and Cathedral of St. James', Toronto, 1797-1997. Carl Benn, William Cooke, St. James' Cathedral (Toronto, Ont.) - 1998