Allum, Charles E.


Contemporary English organist and choirmaster, who has resided in America since 1901, and at present occupies the post of organist and choirmaster at St. Chrysostom's Church, Chicago. He was born near Windsor, England, and after a course of cathedral studies and instruction under Sir Michael Costa, became organist and choirmaster in 1874, at Trinity Church, Stirling, and conductor of the Stirling Choral Society. In 1885, he took the degree of Bachelor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin University, and in 1886 the diploma of Licentiate of Music was conferred upon him by Trinity College, London, and that of Fellow of the Council of Guild of Organists. The degree of Doctor of Music was received from Dublin University in 1887. Dr. Allum has acted as conductor of the Kirkcaldy Musical Society, the Leven Musical Association, and St. Andrew's Choral Society, and served as organist at Albert's Halls and to the Town Hall of Alloa. In 1894 he was made an examiner of the London College. He is now Professor of Oratorio, Harmony, Fugue and Composition in the Bush Temple Conservatory, Chicago. Dr. Allum is the author of numerous compositions, mostly in church form; anthems, complete services for marriage and burial offices, a Communion Office in E flat, a Te Deum in B flat, and the oratorio of the Deliverance of Israel.