William Henry Monk

16 March 1823–1 March 1889 

William Henry Monk, Hymns Ancient & Modern Historical Edition (London, 1909).

WILLIAM HENRY MONK was born in London, March 16, 1823. He studied under Thomas Adams, J.A. Hamil­ton, and G.A. Griesbach. After filling the office of organist at Eaton Chapel, Pimlico; St. George’s Chapel, Albemarle Street; and Portman Chapel, St. Marylebone, he was appointed in 1847 director of the choir in King’s College, London, and in 1849 organist. In 1874, upon the resignation of Hullah, he became Professor of Vocal Music in the College. He was early associated with Hullah in his great work of popular musical education. In 1851 he became Professor of Music at the School for the Indigent Blind. In 1852 he was appointed organist of St. Matthias, Stoke Newington, where a voluntary choir, under his direction, for many years sustained a daily choral service. He delivered lectures on music at the London Institution (l850 to 1879); the Philosophical Institution, Edin­burgh; and the Royal Institution, Manchester. He was appointed a professor in the National Training School for Music, 1876, and in Bedford College, London, 1878. He was musical editor of The Parish Choir after the fortieth number, and one of the musical editors of Hymns Ancient and Modern. He edited many other works of a similar character, including some for the Church of Scotland, and made various contributions to many of the modern Hymnals. He died in London, March 1, 1889.

by William H. Husk
Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, vol. 3 (1904)

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Collections and Publications:

Parish Choir (Tractarian Society, 1846–51)

Hymns Ancient & Modern

1st ed. (1861): PDF
Annotated by Louis Biggs (1867): PDF
with Appendix (1868): PDF
2nd ed. (1875): PDF
with Supplement (1889): PDF
Historical Companion (1889): PDF

Congregational Hymn & Tune Book, ed. R.R. Chope

1st ed. (ca. 1858)
Enlarged ed. (1862): PDF

The Holy Year (1865): PDF

Introits, from Advent to Easter (ca. 1865): WorldCat

Introits for Use throughout the Year (ca. 1865): WorldCat

Introits and Anthems (ca. 1868): WorldCat

The Book of Psalms in Metre and The Scottish Hymnal (1872, multiple eds.): WorldCat

Book of Anthems for Use in Public Worship (1875, multiple eds.): WorldCat

The Church of Scotland Psalm and Hymn Tune Book (1876): WorldCat

Hymns for Mission Services (1877): WorldCat

The Psalter and Canticles (1878): WorldCat

Songs of Zion (1878): WorldCat

The Children's Hymnal (1881): HathiTrust

The Canticles Pointed for Chanting (ca. 1885): WorldCat

The Congregational Psalmist Hymnal (1886): PDF

The Book of Common Prayer, Edited with Plain Song and Appropriate Music (1891): WorldCat

Related Resources:

J. Spencer Curwen, “Mr. W.H. Monk and church music,” Studies in Worship Music, First Series (London: J. Curwen & Sons, 1880), pp. 195-198: Archive.org

William H. Husk, “William Henry Monk,” Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. J.A. Fuller-Maitland, vol. 3 (1904), pp. 243-244: Archive.org

Bernarr Rainbow, The Choral Revival in the Anglican church, 1839–1872 (London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1970).

Nicholas Temperley, The Music of the English Parish Church, vol. 1 (Cambridge: University Press, 1979).

Bernard S. Massey, “William Henry Monk 1823-1889,” Bulletin of the Hymn Society, no. 179 (April 1989), pp. 98-99.

Ian Bradley, Abide with Me: The World of Victorian Hymns (London: SCM Press, 1997).

Paul Westermeyer, “William Henry Monk,” Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective (Chicago: GIA, 2005), pp. 233-234.

Judith Blezzard, “William Henry Monk,” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

Bernarr Rainbow, “Willliam Henry Monk,” Grove Music Online:

William Henry Monk, Hymnary.org:

Peter Horton, “William Henry Monk,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology: