Thomas CarrMusician1840 to 1878August 28, 2016
Rowland BrotherhoodMusician1840 to 1878August 28, 2016
Alfred Stone was a gifted musician who played the organ, sang and wrote music. His grave features a mourning woman holding an ancient Greek harp or lyre.
In 1858 became a professional organist and played in a number of Bristol churches through his career.
The Bristol Tune book
In 1863 he edited, with Fred Morgan, the Bristol Tune Book, with 342 hymn tunes and chants, a few written by himself. The book at once gained popular favour, chiefly among nonconformists. In a third edition, edited by Elliot Button, the number of tunes reached 900. Its sales exceeded 750,000 in England and the abroad. Possibly no other hymn-tune book except Hymns Ancient and Modern.
A modern teacher and first choirmaster
Stone used the tonic sol-fa system for teaching and he was a musical tutor at Bristol Asylum for the Blind from 1876 to 1878.
In 1873 the Bristol Musical Festival was established with Stone as choirmaster, secretary, and manager.
He died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1878 at the age of only 37, leaving a widow and children.