He studied the organ at the Leipzig Conservatoire in Germany under Carl Reinecke and held a number of high profile positions as organist, in particular Salisbury Cathedral (1881 – 1884) and Rochester Cathedral (1900 – 1916). He was the musical editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern, published in 1904.
At the Three Choirs Festival of 1877, Luard-Selby’s Kyrie Eleison was premiered at a concert together with two other novelties, Sullivan‘s In Memoriam and Brahms‘s German Requiem. The Musical Times said of Luard-Selby’s work, “We failed to discover any originality of thought, but the writing throughout shows that its composer is an accomplished musician.” He composed two school cantatas, The Waits of Bremen and A Castle in Spain; chamber music including two piano quintets; a piano quartet; three sonatas for violin and piano; and many songs and part-songs. His church music includes two settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, 16 anthems, and a number of pieces for the organ.