Turner, Austin T.

1823-

 

English composer and conductor, who for many years has advanced the cause of music in Australia; was born at Bristol, England. He was a chorister at Bristol Cathedral, and at the age of twenty became vicar choral at Lincolns. Going to Australia in 1854 he settled at Ballarat, where he became singing-master at the government school and where for many years he has played the organ at Christ's Church. He was the first conductor of the local Philharmonic Society, which under his leadership had performed Mendelssohn's St. Paul, Sullivan's Prodigal Son and Spohr's Last Judgment. He is the author of a sacred cantata, Adoration, for solos, chorus and full orchestra, which the Melbourne Philharmonic Society gave in 1874, and he has also written two masses, choral songs, several madrigals and glees.