Walter Heaton (1871-1933) was born in Manchester, England, the son of a silk manufacturer. He attended the Eccles parish school, King Edward School of Macclesfield, and Victoria University. He won the Hargreaves Musical scholarship three years in succession and earned the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. He relocated to Reading, Pennsylvania, to be organist at the Memorial Church of the Holy Cross, a position he held for 32 years. He was also awarded a degree from Lincoln-Jefferson University. He later left Reading to be organist at the Trinity Episcopal church, New Orleans, Louisiana, serving three years before falling ill. He died in Reading. He had a wide reputation as a teacher of vocal and organ music, and as a recitalist. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Organists, the British Society of Psychology, and the British Palestrina society. Among his published books are “The Artistic Impulse,” “Vocal Technology” and “Temperament and Sex.” His compositions include a number of anthems and choral works.
All are mixed chorus unless noted; some contain divisi.