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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert J. Sadler (1894-1955)

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Herbert J. Sadler
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Organist, teacher, composer.

Born in Bristol, England in 1894, he came to Winnipeg with his parents in 1911. From 1915 to 1917 he served as organist at St George’s and St Peter’s Anglican Churches. In 1917 he enlisted for overseas service with the Medical Corps. He returned briefly to St George’s in 1920 and was then appointed organist at Westminster United Church, holding that position until his death in 1955. During the 1920s he studied with Hugh Ross, Douglas Clark and Hugh Bancroft and gained the ACCO and FTCL diplomas. He was a frequent recitalist, and choral works such as Mozart’s “Requiem” and Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” were presented at Westminster. He also acted as organist for Vesper Hour, broadcast weekly from 1929 through 1938 from St George’s. During the Second World War, he conducted the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. He composed a number of works for church choir and a cantata “Hiawatha”, and was a much sought-after teacher.


“Herbert J. Sadler, organist,” Manitoba Calling, Vol. 12, No. 5, May 1948, page 9.

This page was prepared by Keith Davies Jones and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2014

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