Lambert, George Jackson (DNB00)

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LAMBERT, GEORGE JACKSON (1794–1880), organist and composer, son of George Lambert, organist of Beverley Minster, was born at Beverley, 16 Nov. 1794. He had his first lessons from his father; afterwards he studied in London under Samuel T. Lyon and Dr. Crotch. In 1818 he succeeded his father as organist at Beverley, and held the post until 1875, when ill health and deafness compelled him to retire. He died at Beverley 24 Jan. 1880, and was interred in the private burial-ground in North-Bar Street Within. His wife and two sons predeceased him. His father, who died 15 July 1881, was organist forty-one years, according to the epitaph on his tombstone in the graveyard, so that the office of organist at Beverley was held by father and son for the almost unprecedented period of ninety-eight years. The younger Lambert was not only an excellent organist, but a fine violoncello and violin player. His published compositions include overtures, instrumental chamber music, organ fugues, pianoforte pieces, &c. Some quarttets and a septet were played at the meetings of the Society of British Musicians; but, although they were warmly praised by good judges, he could never be induced to publish any of them.

[Musical Times, 1880, p. 133; Grove's Dict. Mus. ii. 86, iv. 695; Beverley Guardian, 31 Jan. 1880.]

J. C. H.