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date: 25 January 2021

Grove, Sir Georgelocked

  • C.L. Graves
  • , revised by Percy M. Young

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(b Clapham, London, Aug 13, 1820; d Sydenham, May 28, 1900). English engineer, writer on music, educationist and editor of the first edition of this dictionary. He was the eighth child of Thomas Grove, who was a fishmonger and venison dealer in Charing Cross. His mother was a woman of some culture, a lover of music and a proficient amateur.

After five years in a preparatory school in Stockwell he entered a newly established grammar school in Clapham, whose headmaster, Charles Pritchard, inspired by the progressive principles of King’s College, London, was a notable scholar. His educational programme, based on classics, divinity, mathematics and natural philosophy, was strictly tested by annual examination. His pupils were also encouraged to develop interests in literature and music. Out of school Grove was learning music at home, at Holy Trinity, Clapham – where he heard the organist, John Blackburn, play the works of Bach – and at concerts of the Sacred Harmonic Society, notable for the oratorios of Handel....

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