Beaumont, Gerard (Geoffrey), 1903-1970, clergyman, composer

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Beaumont, Gerard (Geoffrey), 1903-1970, clergyman, composer

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Gerard (Geoffrey) Beaumont was born in 1903. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was ordained as deacon in 1932 and priest in 1933, serving his first curacy at the Church of St Antholin, Nunhead. In 1934 he was appointed curate of St John Evangelist with All Saints, Waterloo Road, London, a position he held until 1941, and then again 1946-1947.

In 1947 Beaumont was appointed chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1957, after spending four years as chaplain at the British Embassy in Madrid, he returned to be warden of the college and vicar of St George’s, Camberwell.

In 1956 he published his ‘20th Century Folk Mass,’ sometimes called the ‘Jazz Mass,’ a piece which drew on the light music of the 1930s. It was around this time that Beaumont founded the 20th Century Church Light Music Group, a group of composers and authors who produced many popular songs and hymns. In 1960 Beaumont and the group published their ‘Thirty 20th Century Hymn Tunes.’

In 1962 Beaumont joined the Community of the Resurrection, an Anglican religious community for men based in Mirfield, Yorkshire. In 1968 he became curate at the Community’s house in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Gerard Beaumont died at Stellenbosch in 1970.


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Community of the Resurrection (1892-)

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'Crockford's Clerical Directory,' 1967-8 (Oxford, 1969)

Lydia Dean, 'Biographies.'

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Created by Sally-Anne Shearn, June 2015.
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