George Benjamin Allen

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Born: 1822

Died: 30 November 1897


George Benjamin Allen was born in London and trained early as chorister at St. Martin-in-the-Flelds and Westminster Abbey. He established the Abbe Glee Club. He went to Ireland as Vicar-Choral at Armagh Cathedral and conducted the Classical Harmonic Society in Belfast. He originated the scheme for building the Ulster Hall in Belfast. He graduated from Oxford and became organist at All Saints’, Kensington, London. He relocated to Melbourne, Australia, as organist at Toorak, Melbourne, and became conductor of Lyster’s Opera Company. He later organized an opera company of his own which he traveled through Australia, New Zealand and India. For a time, he returned to England and established a comedy opera company, which produced several operas by Sir Arthur Sullivan. He died in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He was active as a composer and wrote 5 operas, 3 cantatas, 2 Te Deums, anthems, part-songs, and about 300 songs. [1]

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