Brewer, Gurney, Howells, and Novello: together at Gloucester Cathedral

Sir Herbert Brewer (1865–1928) was Organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1896 until his death, and Simon Carpenter's recent research for a University of Gloucestershire MA (from which this article is derived) examined his place in British music history, his educational philosophy, and the effect he had on the careers of his teenage articled pupils. The investigation was initially prompted by a sense that Brewer had been given a raw deal by the biographers of his more well-known articled pupils, the commentators tending to disparage or play down his role. These pupils were Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells, and Ivor Novello. This…