Accomplished contemporary Scotch barytone singer. He was born at Glasgow. After a period of service as an organist he made the discovery of the possession of a fine barytone voice. Following a course of study in London and Milan, he met with success in Scotland, and when he made his debut as a singer at the Crystal Palace, in 1887, was at once appreciated. He visited America, sang here occasionally in opera, and on his return to England was shortly given place in the foremost rank of concert barytones. He has won notable success in the barytone part of Dvorak's Spectre Bride, and with his dramatic interpretation of Elijah. In 1893 he was appointed professor of singing at the Royal College of Music at Manchester.