English composer Edgar Leslie Bainton (1880-1956). Today the name of Edgar Bainton is
associated only with one church anthem, ‘And I Saw a New Heaven’; but during the first half of the twentieth century Bainton was a leading fi gure in Britain’s musical life – as composer, pianist, conductor, examiner, adjudicator and lecturer, with his part-songs, piano pieces and works for chorus and orchestra in print and frequently performed. It was his emigration in 1934 to Australia, where he remained until his death in 1956, which turned him by default into an
Australian composer and removed him from the musical mainstream in the UK.