The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)

"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."



sheet music fading out into a circle. Musical instruction, 'with surging vehemence'


35: Invictus

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Roderick Williams

Shaw’s dedication to Mary for W.E. Henley’s well-known poem may refer to his sister Isabel Mary.

She had married an Anglo-Indian on the understanding that he was a man of some position and wealth in the Indian civil service, only to find when she arrived in India that he was a minor official at a remote outpost in Monghyr. Isabel lived in relative poverty, her lowly position exacerbated by the strictly stratified society of India. This meant that she could not see or associate with her own sister, who also lived in India, but was married to a British Governor.


W.E. Henley (1849 - 1903), poem first published 1875 Curwen 1920 currently out of print