George Grove had a life long interest in music although he never trained for a music career. He trained as a civil engineer and worked in that field for 10-15 years. His love of music led to his appointment as Secretary of the Society of Arts. From there he became involved with the Crystal Palace where he wrote programme notes for the concerts for 40 years. As a fluent writer with editing experience and a deep interest and continuing study of music, he was selected as editor of what became the first Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
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