Following in his father’s footsteps, Berthold Tours (1838-1897) was trained as an organist and composer, studying in Holland and Germany before traveling to Russia in the service of Prince Yury Golitsïn in 1859. In 1861, Tours left Russia for London, where he would spend the rest of his career. He held various organist posts at churches throughout the city, and in 1872 began working as an editor for the music publisher Novello. While working for Novello he arranged vocal scores for many larger works by composers including Beethoven, Gounod, and Schubert, as well as some Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
Although best known as a composer of numerous songs, and music for the Anglican service, Tours’s works also include primers on the violin and viola, orchestral music, and chamber pieces such as his Petit Duo Symphonique.