Beer, Alfred

Musician and schoolmaster, born at Great Barr, Birmingham, the son of a WM minister of the same name (1840-1922; e.m. 1863). He joined the staff of Kingswood School in 1904, where the headmaster W.P. Workman commissioned him to write a number of tunes for Wesley hymns. Of the five that appeared in the 1933 Methodist Hymn Book, one survives in HP ('Anchor', set to John Wesley's translation, 'Now I have found the ground', HP 684). Due to failing eyesight he had to leave Kingswood in 1928, but then served for periods as organist and choirmaster in Minehead and Uxbridge. He died at Poole on 13 October 1963.


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