Thompson, Robert George

Teacher and organist, born on 5 November 1862 at Stockton-on-Tees. He attended the Wesleyan day school at Middlesbrough, where he also taught after training at Westminster Training College. He later took a degree in Music at Durham and switched to a music career. His posts as a church organist included Grange Road UMC and Park WM, Middlesbrough. His anthems were popular and he was in demand as a conductor of massed choirs. His setting of 'Away with doubt, away with gloom' (HP 187) was composed for that hymn for the 1933 Methodist Hymn Book.