Macpherson, Charles



Composer and teacher. Was born in Edinburgh, where his father was city architect and engineer. In 1879 he entered St. Paul's Cathedral, remaining there until his appointment as choirmaster at St. Clement's, Eastcheap, in 1887. He studied organ with Sir George Martin, and in 1890 entered the Royal Academy of Music, taking the Charles Lucas prize in 1892. He is at present teacher of counterpoint and harmony in this institution, and in 1895 he became suborganist at St. Paul's Cathedral. He wrote nine anthems; an arrangement of the 137th Psalm for orchestra and choir, and other church music; the overture, Cridhe an Ghaidhil, on a Scottish theme; three Gaelic melodies with accompaniment of strings and harp; a suite, Hallowe'en; a Highland suite for orchestra; the glee, There Sits a Bird, which took a prize at the Bristol Orpheus Glee Society in 1893; a quartet in E flat for piano and strings; and other music.