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Directory of Past Classical Organists

Extract from Cathedral Organists Past and Present
By John E. West
Published in 1921
Additional information from the British Newspaper Archive.

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John Alcock
11th Apr 1715 – 23rd Feb 1806
John Alcock was born 11th April 1715 in London.
He was a Chorister in St. Paul's Cathedral and pupil of the blind Organist, John Stanley.
He suffered in health through attending to his duties in the damp, neglected Cathedral, and resigned the appointment of Organist; but continued to be a Vicar Choral until his death in 1806. He was buried in the Cathedral.
John Alcock was a composer of Church Music, Songs, and Instrumental pieces.
He was the author of a novel, "The Life of Miss Fanny Brown."
Organist of
St. Andrew's, Plymouth, 1737
St. Lawrence's, Reading, 1741
Lichfield Cathedral
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, 1750
Sutton Cold-field Parish Church, 1761-1786
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Tamworth, 1766-1790
And was also Private Organist to the
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John Alcock
John Alcock
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Mus. Bac. John Alcock, or Ailcock. Born 1715, was educated under Charles King, Organist of St. Paul's, and the blind Organist, John Stanley. In 1737 he was elected Organist of St. Andrew's, Plymouth. From 1742 to 1749 he was Organist of St. Lawrence, Reading. In the latter year he was appointed Organist, Vicar-Choral, and Master of the Choristers at Lichfield Cathedral. He proceeded Mus. Doc. in 1761 or 1765. From 1761 to 1786 he was Organist of Sutton Coldfield Parish Church, and from 1766 to 1790 of the Parish Church of Tamworth. He died at Lichfield, 18o6. He was a composer of songs, solos for flute, harpsichord, and organ, besides Church music. He is described in the "Dictionary of National Biography" as "a thoroughly sound musician, . . . who preserved the traditions of the old English school of Church composers, free from the inanities in which some of his contemporaries indulged."

Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
(Williams, C. F. Abdy)
Walter Galpin Alcock
29th Dec 1861 – 11th Sep 1947
Walter Galpin Alcock was born 29th December 1861 in Edenbridge, Kent.
He was a Society of Arts Scholar of the National Training School for Music.
W. G. Alcock was organist at the Coronations of King Edward VII. and King George V.
He was Professor of the Organ at the Royal College of Music, 1893.
A composer of Church Music, including a setting of the Sanctus for the Coronation of King George V., Part-songs, Songs, Organ pieces, & Author of a Primer on the Organ.
Organist of
Twickenham Parish Church, 1880
St Margaret's, Westminster, 1887
Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, 1895
Organist of the , 1902
Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury Cathedral
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Assistant. Organist of
Westminster Abbey,Westminster Abbey
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1896-1916.
Walter Galpin Alcock
Walter Galpin Alcock
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Alfred Alexander
6th May 1842 - ?
Alfred Alexander was born 6th May 1842 in Rochester.
He was a chorister in Rochester Cathedral.
A pupil of and Assistant to John Hopkins.
Composer of Cantatas, Church Music, Chamber Music, Organ pieces, Songs, Part-songs.
Organist of
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(in succession to Sir F. Bridge), 1862
Strood Parish Church, 1865
Subsequently to the Earl of Mar and Kellie.
Successively of
1874 - 1877
Wigan Parish Church, 1877
American Church, Nice, 1891
St. Andrew's, Southport.
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William Thomas Howell Allchin
1843 - 8th Jan 1883
William Thomas Howell Allchin was born born 1843, in Queen Street, Oxford.
He was conductor of the Oxford Choral Society 1869
Local Examiner for RAM 1881
Organist of
St. John's College
St. John's College
Oxford 1875 - 1883
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Mus. Bac. William Thomas HoweilAlichin, New Coll. Organist of St. John's, 1875.
Died 1883.
Composer of a sacred cantata and some songs.
Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
(Williams, C. F. Abdy)
Hugh Percy Allen
23rd Dec 1869– 20th Feb 1946
Sir Hugh Percy Allen was born 23rd December 1869 at Reading
Elected Organ Scholar of Christ's College, Cambridge in 1892.
In 1918 he succeeded Sir Hubert Parry as Director of the Royal College of Music.
He was knighted in 1920, and became a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1926 and Knight Commander in 1928.
Organist of
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Reading 1881
Tilehurst Church, 1884
Eversly Parish Church, 1886
Assistant Organist at , 1887
Organist to the Merchant Taylors' Schools, Bognor, 1890
, Cambridge, 1892
, 1897
, 1898
, Oxford, 1901.
Hugh Percy Allen
Hugh Percy Allen
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Mus. Bac, Hugh P. Allen, Queen's Coll.
Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
(Williams, C. F. Abdy)

Logo, Newspaper article SIR HUGH ALLEN DEAD
Former Director of Royal College of Music Sir HUGH ALLEN, Professor of Music at Oxford University, died in hospital at Oxford last night. He was injured in a road accident last Sunday. Sir Hugh Allen was essentially a practical musician and it was his personal experience of the technical and artistic problems confronting the thoughtful executant musician which gave to all his work that Vigour and directness so characteristic of him. He was not a composer, nor was he given to writing about music , so that of tangible remains of his musical experience there can be much less than might be expected from the occupant of the Chair of Music at Oxford. But Sir Hugh's contribution to a better understanding of the part music should play in the life of a community, be it university, church, or metropolis, was of more value to the musical world of his day than any remote scholarship would have been.
His enthusiasm for Bach was that of a choral conductor who knew the fine masses of sound produced by Bach's music, rather than that of the historian absorbed in the study of manuscripts. His concern for his students and others who Caine under his influence was not so much that they should maintain any particular traditions, however honourable. as that they should get to grips with the practical problems of their art and derive whatever encouragement they might from his experience. He had a reputation for being outspoken and unconventional in manner, but, like most people so described, knew when to Jive up to his reputation and when to adopt more, diplomatic methods.
ORGANIST AT AGE OF 11
Sir Hugh Percy Allen was born at Reading on December 23, 1869. He soon showed great aptitude for music, and at the age of 11 was appointed organist of St Saviour's Church, Reading. At 18 he became assistant music master at Wellington College, and in the same year assistant organist at Chichester Cathedral.
Elected Organ Scholar of Christ's College, Cambridge in 1892. he took his B.A. there and his Mus.D, at Oxford. In 1398, after a year at St Asaph, he became organist at Ely Cathedral, and three years later he was elected organist it New college, Oxford. This was the beginning of seventeen years work devoted to the music of the university. Allen widened. the scope of the examinations and encouraged practical musicianship in every way.
Meantime he had become conductor of the London Bach Choir, a position which he held for 13 years. In 1918 he succeeded Sir Hubert Parry as Director of the Royal College of Music, and was also appointed to the Chair of Music at Oxford. This dual appointment henceforth absorbed most of his energies, although he occasionally appeared as conductor at the Leeds Festival and at some of the Royal Choral Society's concerts.
As chairman of the British Music Society he did valuable work in furthering the cause of British music. He was knighted in 1920, and became a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1926 and Knight Commander in 1928. He retired from the Directorship of the College in 1937.

The Scotsman
Thursday 21 February 1946
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John Allen
John Allen was organist at 1609 - 1613
In addition to his organist salary he received 6s 8d for attending to the clock
He was required to compose a "Song" in seven parts for his degree.
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Mus. Bac. John Allen, Organist of Chester Cathedral.
He was required to compose a song in seven parts for his degree, to be sung in St. Mary's Church at the next Comitia.
Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
(Williams, C. F. Abdy)
Thomas Allinson
- 1704
Thomas Allinson (also known as Allanson) was paid £40 a year at Lincoln Cathedral, as long as he taught a chorister to play the organ.

Organist of
1693 - 1704
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John Amner
1579-1641
John Amner was born 1579 in Ely He was Organist and Master of the Chorister's.
Much of his neat handwriting, chiefly of Organ parts, is still extant in the Ely Cathedral books.
His compositions include three Services (one of them known as "Caesar's," from the fact that it was written for his friend Henry Caesar, D.D., Dean of Ely. Fifteen Anthems, and "Sacred Hymns in 3, 4, 5, and 6 parts, for Voices and Vyols."

Organist of
1610 - 1641
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Mus. Bac. John Amner, who was appointed Organist of Ely Cathedral in 1610.
He died at Ely 1641.
His compositions are preserved at Ely, in the Tudway and other collections in the British Museum, at Peterhouse, and Christ Church.
He published, in 1615, a collection of Sacred Hymns for voices and viols.
Burney says that he also published some madrigals.
Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
(Williams, C. F. Abdy)
John Amott
1798- 10th Feb 1865
John Amott was born in Monmouth in 1798
A pupil of W. Mutlow who he succeeded at Gloucester Cathedral.
A composer of Services and Anthems. Compliler of "A selection of Chants, Kyrie Eleison Etc, arranged in score.
A Sanctus and Kyrie in G, by him, were printed in Bunnetts "Sacred Harmony" (1865)
One of the compilers of "Annals of the Three Choirs"

Organist of
1832 - 1865
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Logo, Newspaper article THE LATE MR. AMOTT.

I stated last week that Mr. John Amott, the Cathedral organist, died suddenly from heart disease, at his house, between seven and eight o'clock on Friday night.
Mr. Amott has been for thirty-three years the organist In the Cathedral, and he has also during that period acted as conductor at the Triennial Musical Festival. The tidings of his sudden death were received with much regret in the city.
The choral service at the Cathedral was suspended, and Sunday morning the only musical portion of the service was the 90th Psalm, which was sung without accompaniment after the Litany.
The Rev. Sir J. H. C. Seymour, the canon in residence, preached from the text Mark Xiii. Now, the first call made upon by our Lord in these words to be wary, or the Apostle speaks, ' circumspect'-to be looking about us ; and surely this call is urged upon us at this time and in this place, not more by these words the text than by the providential dealings of God in removing suddenly from us one who was not only respected neighbour and friend, but an able and laborious officer of this Cathedral. I allude, of course, to the very sudden death which has deprived us of the gifted musician who, for more than thirty years, has presided at our organ with acknowledged ability and good effect, and the silence of which noble instrument this day painfully marks his lamented departure from among us.
On Friday last (when I had pleasant and kindly intercourse with him) he was apparently in good health and spirits as persons at his age can expect to be, and was engaged diligently in his duties till six o'clock. Before eight on that same day he was a corpse, and his soul in another world!
It is plain, brethren, that there is just as much probability that death might happen to any one of us; we may, fact, here to-day and next week in the grave! That this sad event has called forth the strong sympathy of all who knew him well was naturally to be expected, for it was impossible to have much intercourse with him without recognising the sobriety and consistency of his character, his rare professional talent, and his constant anxiety to do what he could in his vocation.
He was not person who would wish be much spoken of from this place. It is not therefore my intention to allude farther to our departed friend than to express warm sympathy with his near friends and relatives, and add my own tribute sincere respect and regard to his memory.
Peace and rest, we may humbly trust, are with him. for he is now in the very best hands, even with our merciful God! And blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; they rest from their labours, and their works follow them.'
Mr. Amott was buried at the Cemetery on Thursday afternoon.

Gloucestershire Chronicle - Saturday 11 February 1865
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William Amps
1824 - 20th May 1910
William Amps was Conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society.
He was a Composer of Pianoforte Sonatas &
Organist of


1855 - 1876
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Alfred Angel
1816-1876
Alfred Angel was a Chorister in Wells Cathedral and afterwards Assistant-Organist there.
He succeeded Dr. Wesley at Exeter Cathedral in 1842.
A composer of Church Music and Part-songs.
His Anthem, "Blow ye the trumpet in Zion," gained the Gresham Prize in 1842.
His son Arthur Corfe Angel was Second Officer on the S.S. London, he died when the ship foundered in the Bay of Biscay en route to Melbourne in 1866

Organist of
1842 - 1876
(Salisbury Cathedral ?)
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Logo, Newspaper article THE DEATH OF MR. ALFRED ANGEL. FUNERAL SERMON AT THE CATHEDRAL.
the morning service Exeter Cathedral yesterday Canon Lee's sermon had special reference to the death of the organist, Mr. Alfred Angel.
The Canon took for his text the 41st verse of the chapter of St. Matthew, "The one shall be taken, and the other left."
During the restoration this Cathedral Church, two such events have befallen us. And is not a little remarkable that the two who have been taken were specially interested In the work, that each from his own special point of view. And it is still more striking to consider that now, when the work is the eve completion, so far as the choir or chancel is concerned, and when but little remained to be done beyond finishing and tuning the organ, the organist should himself be taken, and all those whose services were dependant on him should be left.
What was mainly characteristic Mr. Angel as organist was his thorough appreciation of ecclesial, as distinguished from secular music ; and as this is a question of religion, and not of mere taste, it comes within the due scope of a sermon. was not long after his appointment organist this Cathedral that gentleman remonstrated with him for withdrawing a service which used be favourite of his and of many besides. The service, however, was not replaced. And some years after the same gentleman recalled the circumstance to Mr. Angel's mind, not now to find fault with him, but to thank him for what had done, saying that he had learned in the meantime discern between music as fitted either for the sanctuary or for the outside world.
As bearing upon the subject, I may state another circumstance. A gentleman of some position once wrote to Mr. Angel, saying that he and his family would be passing through Exeter on a certain day, and asking that such anthem might be performed as they would be glad hear. To this Mr. replied that it was not the custom in this Cathedral to change the anthem to suit any one's taste, and he expressed his hope that what was regarded as fit for the service of God would be thought good enough for man.
But words would fail to show how jealous he was both for the credit of the Cathedral, and for the honour of God, in all that belonged to his special work. With him it was simply religious work. was not that his taste lay in one direction more than another. He was conversant with every kind of music, and could do full justice to each and all; but he was sensibly alive to what was due to the solemnity of the sanctuary. He was able fully to appreciate the great school English composers, whose ecclesiastical music can challenge comparison with the whole world for true devotional feeling, for depth of sentiment, and for majesty in composition. is, therefore, not to be wondered at that with such voices as this choir always contained, this Cathedral should at one lime have acquired renown, such as belonged to none perhaps besides.

Short Extract:- Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams - Monday 29 May 1876
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Thomas Appilby
1488? - 1563
Thomas Appilby (Appleby) was Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1539 until 1541

Organist of 1538 - 1539 & 1541 - 1562
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Walter Langley Appleford
1852? - 20th Nov 1924
Organist at Feb - Apr 1877 until C.F. Hyde succeeded him
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Logo, Newspaper article DEATH THE REV. W. L. APPLEFORD LATE PRINCIPAL OF RIPLEY HOSPITAL.
The death occurred yesterday, at Lytham St. Annes, of the Rev. William Langley Appleford, M.A., who recently resigned the appointment of principal and chaplain at the Ripley Hospital, Lancaster.
For some time the deceased had been in indifferent health, and at the recent jubilee celebrations at Ripley he was unable to be present. He was appointed principal in 1388, in succession to the late Mr. John Tyrer Preston.
For five years up December, 1870, Mr. Appleford was assistant teacher at Ripley Hospital, and was subsequently second master at the Norfolk County School, Elham, Dereham. Mr. Appleford's long association with the work of Ripley Hospital had earned him great respect and esteem amongst, the boys and girls of Liverpool and Lancaster who have passed through Ripley, which provides education and maintenance for fatherless children and orphans to the number about 300.
Mr. Appleford was a son of the late Rev. J. W. Appleford. Bucksthorpe, York, and graduated at Trinity College. Dublin.
Since 1905 had served member of the Charity Trustees.
For many years look an active interest in the Lancaster Golf Club.
His successor at Ripley is the Rev. H. B. Edwards, who entered upon his duties last summer.

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Philip Armes
15th Aug 1836 - 10th Feb 1908
Dr Philip Armes was born 15th August 1836 in Norwich.
He was a chorister and Assistant organist at Rochester Cathedral
He was an articled pupil of John Larkin Hopkins, organist of Rochester Cathedral.
Resident examiner in Music and Professor of Music Durham University.
He was a composer of Oratorios, Cantatas, Church Music, Organ pieces, Madrigals etc.

Organist of
1862 - 1906
- 1862
1861
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Holy Trinity Church, Gravesend - 1854
Philip Armes
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Dr. Philip Armes. for forty-five years organist at Durham Cathedral, died yesterday. For some time Dr. Armes, bad been in failing health, and lately his condition bad been so bad that the end had been expected for more than a week.
The son of a schoolmaster, Dr. Armes was born 1836 in Norwich, and was thus in his 72nd year. In 1841 be was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral. When his father became a lay clerk at Rochester Cathedral, the son entered, in 1848, the same choir as a chorister.
In 1850 he was articled to Dr. Hopkins, the organist of the cathedral. For his services as a singer young Armes was a year later presented with a Broadwood piano. He acted as assistant organist to Dr. Hopkins whilst be was at Rochester Cathedral.
In 1855 he was appointed organist of Trinity Church, Milton, near Gravesend, and two years later was appointed to St. Andrew's, Wells-street, London. A year later he took his Mus Bac. degree at Oxford.
From St. Andrew's, he went to Chichester Cathedral. exchanging positions with Mr. H. R. Bennett, who went to Wells-street. In the following year he succeeded the late Dr. Renshaw as organist at Durham Cathedral, and thus commenced. his long association with the ancient City.
He conducted many important festivals at Durham. In 1874 he became a Mus. Doc. at Durham. He composed several oratorios anthems, and church services. His oratorio, "Hezekiah" for which he also wrote the libretto. was performed at the Worcester Festival.
Dr. Armes was elected, In 1892, Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. In 1894 he became examiner to the University of Oxford, and in 1897 Professor of Music at Durham.
He displayed a great taste for the antiquarian side of music, and at the Norwich Church Congress read a paper on music of the Purcell period.
Lord Palmerston was a worshipper at St. Andrew's, Wells-street, when Dr. Armes was organist there, and it is said he used his influence to get him the Durham appointment.
Last year, owing failing health, Dr. Armes retired from the position of cathedral organist, but the Dean and Chapter of Durham, recognising his valuable services, retained him as honorary organist of the cathedral.

Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) - Tuesday 11 February 1908
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George Benjamin Arnold
22nd Dec 1832 - 31st Jan 1902
Dr. George Benjamin Arnold was born 22nd December 1832 in Petworth.
He was a pupil of Dr. S.S. Wesley
Composer of Oratorios, Cantatas, Church Music, Part Songs, Pianoforte pieces Etc. His Cantata "Sennacherib" was produced at the Gloucester Festival of 1883

Organist of
1853
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1860
1865 - 1902
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Logo, Newspaper article OBITUARY. DR. ARNOLD. OF WINCHESTER.
The death on Saturday, in his seventieth year, was announced of Dr. George Benjamin Arnold, who for thirty-seven years has been organist of Winchester Cathedral.
Dr. Arnold was a native of Petworth, and was a pupil at Winchester in 1849 of Dr. Samuel Sebastian Wesley. Arnold afterwards became Wesley's assistant; but in 1852, when barely twenty years of age. ho was appointed organist St. Columba's College, after competition in which Professor Walmisley, of Cambridge, was the adjudicator.
Four years later he resigned his appointment in Ireland to take the post of organist at Torquay, where he began to give organ recitals, then almost a novelty in the West of England, and where his fame both as organist and pianist speedily spread.
Thence in 1860 he passed to Oxford, where became organist at New College, and where also he took the degree of Doctor of Music. During his residence in Oxford Dr. Arnold took a prominent part in all musical movements at the University. He was heard by, among others, the late Professor Ella, who brought him to London, and gave him an appearance at the once famous Musical Union concerts.
In 1865 his old master. Samuel Sebastian Wesley, accepted the post of organist at Gloucester Cathedral, and one of the conductors of the Three Choirs Festivals. On his strong recommendation Dr. Arnold was appointed in his place as organist at Winchester, and there he has remained ever since.
He gave many organ and pianoforte recitals in the cathedral city, where also he established a choir, which was frequently heard at public performances. He was for some time conductor of the Winchester Choral Union, he was a Fellow and one of the Examiners of the Royal College of Organists, and in 1881 was Chairman of the National Conference of Organists Organ Builders, which settled certain details in regard to the building of church organs.
Dr. Arnold's compositions are very numerous. As far back as 1864 his oratorio, "Ahab," was produced by the National Choral Society at Exeter Hall. His cantata, " Sennachireb," was produced at the Gloucester Musical Festival 1883, while his oratorio, "The Song of the Redeemed," was written specially for New York where it was produced in 1393 at St. James's Church.
Dr. Arnold, who was composer quite of the old school, also had in his portfolio two unpublished oratorios, named The Second Coming of our Lord" and "The Son of David," together with a cantata, entitled "Hereward" His church compositions are numerous. His Morning Service in D and Communion Service in G are well known. He has also written several anthems, songs, and part songs, a glee entitled "Harmony," which carried the Lancashire Choral Union prize, two pianoforte sonatas, and a quantity of organ and other works.

London Daily News - Monday 03 February 1902
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Samuel Arnold
10th Aug 1740 - 22nd Oct 1802
Dr. Samuel Arnold was born 10th August 1740 in London
He was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and Composer to Covent Garden Theatre.
Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, 1789
Composer of Church Music, Oratorios, Operas, Burlettas etc. He was the Editor of the " Arnold Edition" of Handel's works; also of "Cathedral Music" in continuation of Boyce.
Buried in the Nortyh Aisle of the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
In March 1804 his unpublished original manuscripts were sold at auction by Christie of London

Organist of
1783
1793
Samuel Arnold
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Dr Samuel Arnold (organist and composer of operas and sacred works, editor of Handel's compositions). Born in London, August 10th, 1740, died October 22nd, 1802. He produced no less than 43 operas, musical afterpieces, and pantomimes.
He also produced five oratorios. "The Curse of Saul," "Abimelecb," "The Resurrection," "The Prodigal Son," and Elijah" also a work entitled The Psalms of David," and "An Ode for the Anniversary of the London Hospitals."
The work by which he will be longest remembered is entitled Cathedral Music; being a collection in score of the most valuable and useful compositions for that service by the several English masters for the last 200 years."
The preface is dated 480, Strand, November 1st, 1790.

Cardiff Times - Saturday 15 August 1891
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Thomas Ashwell
c.1478 – after 1513
Master of the Choristers Lincoln Cathedral
Organist of
1508 - 1518
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Ivor Algernon Atkins
29th Nov 1869 – 26th Nov 1953
Sir Ivor Algernon Atkins was born 29th November 1869 in Cardiff.
A Choristor in Cardiff Parish Church and pupil of G. R. Sinclair and assistant Organist to him at Truro and Hereford Cathedrals.
He was Conductor of the Worcester Festivals. Knighted in 1921.
Composer of a Cantata "Hymn of Faith", Church Music, Part-songs, Songs etc.
Co-editor with Sir Edward Elgar of Bach's "St. Mathew" Passion.
Editor of Bach's "Orgelbüchlein and other music.

Organist of Ludlow Parish Church 1893
1897 - 1949
Ivor Algernon Atkins
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Robert Augustus Atkins
2nd Oct 1811 - 3rd Aug 1889
Robert Augustus Atkins was born 2nd October 1811 in Chichester.
A Choristor and later assistant organist at .
Composed Church Music, including MS. services in A and G, and several chants
Organist of St. Asaph Catheral for fifty five years.
He married Jane Gregor on the 10th Dec 1858.
On the 7th June 1883 he married Constatia Fanny Townsend, widow of the surgeon William Twonsend.

Organist of
1834 - 1889
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Frederick Cook Atkinson
21st Aug 1841 - 30th Nov 1896
Frederick Cook Atkinson was born 21st August 1841 in Norwich.
He was a pupil of Dr. Zechariah Buck and assistant organist at .
Composed Church Music, Part-songs, Songs, Pianoforte pieces etc.

Organist of
Manningham Church, Bradford - 1881
1881 - 1885
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Frederick William Attwood
9th Aug 1869 - 13th Jan 1940
Frederick William Attwood was born 9th August 1869 at Conderton, near Tewksbury
A pupil of Drs. C. J. Frost and J. V. Roberts

Organist of
Bow Parish Church, London
Ass. St. Peters, Brockley
'The Pilberds' Maidenhead
1894 - 1900
St. Albans, Ottawa, Canada 1900
All Saints School, Bloxham 1902
. Rathfarnahm 1911
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Thomas Attwood
23rd Nov 1765 - 24 Mar 1838
Thomas Attwood was born 23rd Nov 1765 in London
A Chorister in the Chapel Royal and a pupil of Nares and Ayrton. He studied at Naples and under Mozart in Vienna.
After returning to England he was appointed Assistant Organist to Reinhold at St. George the Martyr, Queens, Square Holborn

Organist of
1760
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Richard Ayleward
1626 - 15th Oct 1699
Richard Ayleward was born 1626 in Winchester.
He was a Chorister in Winchester Cathedral

Organist of
1660 - 1669
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Theodore Aylward
1730 - 27th Feb 1801
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He is buried in St. Georges Chapel, Windsor.
Organist of
Oxford Chapel, London c. 1760
St Lawrence, Jewry, 1762
St. Micheals, Cornill, 1768
1788 - 1801
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Theodore Aylward, Gresham professor, and organist or St. George's Chapel, Windsor. the great great uncle of my immediate predecessor, is stated to have been a native of Chichester. Hayley the poet who lived at Eartham and was a great friend of Cowper's, seems to have known Aylward well, and wrote many verses for him to set to music. When Aylward was made Gresham professor through the influence of David Garrick. Hayley, in conjunction with another. wrote the lecture for him, which he had to deliver on his appointment. Hayley's biographer says it was not scientific, but it answered its purpose. Was this necessary if Aylward as is stated, was a scholar of considerable literary attainments?
Hayley was a little disappointed that Aylward did not make more successful use of the words which he wrote for him. He says that though an admirable performer he seemed to have little propensity, and perhaps little genius for composition. Aylward was buried in St. George's Chapel. Windsor, and an inscription was written for his stone by his old friend Hayley.
Extract:- Chichester Musicians of the Past. A lecture by Dr. F. J. Read

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1791. Mus. Bac. and Mus. Doc - Theodore Aylward, of Magd. Coll.
Born in 1730. Nothing is known of his early life. He became a member of the Royal Society of Musicians in 1763, and Organist of St. Lawrence, Jewry, in 1762, which post he held simultaneously with the organistship of St. Michael's, Cornhill, from 1768.
In 1771 he was elected Professor of Music at Gresham College, and in 1788 Organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, in succession to Edward Webb.
He died in 1801, and was buried in St. George's Chapel.
His music is still in MS., except a few songs, duets, glees, and organ pieces.

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Theodore Edward Aylward
1844–1933
Theodore Edward Aylward was born 1844 in Sailsbury
A pupil of S. S. Wesley he was the Great Grandnephew of Dr.Theodore Aylward
Editor of the Sarum Hymnal (1870)

Organist of
St. Matthew's, Chetenham
, Rathfarnham 1866
St Martins Salisbury 1870
1870 - 1876
1876 - 1886
St. Andrews Church Cardiff 1886
( Public Halls Cardiff 1866 )
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The death has occurred at Cardiff Royal Infirmary, following an accident while boarding a bus, of Mr. Theodore Edward Aylward, a great chorus master and one of the most reticent and retiring of musicians, who, from 1878 to 1886. was Cathedral organist at Chichester.
He was 88. Born in Wiltshire of a musical family. He became organist of Llandaff Cathedral in 1870, and, after leaving Chichester, went to Cardiff, where, during many years, he acted as conductor of Cardiff Musical Society and first organist at the Park Hall. He was a pupil of S. S. Wesley.
His whole life and energies were devoted to his work as a church organist, and he exercised a wide influence on choral singing, both in Wales and England.
He was the principal chorus master of the Cardiff Triennial Musical Festival from its inception in 1892 until its suspension in 1914.
His pupils admired and almost venerated him.

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Edmund Ayrton
1734 - 22nd May 1808
Dr. Edmund Ayrton was born 1734 in Ripon
A pupil of James Nares.
Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 1764
Vicar Choral of 1767
Lay Vicar of 1780
Master of Choristers, 1780 - 1805
Buried in the North Cloister of Westminster Abbey.
Organist of
1755 - 1764
Dr. Edmund Ayrton
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1762. Mus. Doc. Edmund Ayrton, of Trinity College.
One of a family of musicians living at Ripon, where he was born in 1734. He was trained under Dr. Nares at York Minster.
He succeeded William Lee as Organist of Southwell Minster in 1754, became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1764, and afterwards Vicar-Choral of St. Paul's and Lay Vicar of Westminster Abbey.
He succeeded Nares as Master of the children of the Chapel Royal in 1780.
The exercise for his degree was an anthem, which was performed in Great St. Mary's Church, and afterwards at St. Paul's, in London, at the Peace Thanksgiving of 1784. He is said to have incorporated at Oxford as Doctor of Music in 1788.*
He died in 1808, and was buried in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.

Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
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*(Foster's "Alumni Oxonienses.")
Thomas Ayrton
1782 - 24th Oct 1822
Thomas Ayrton was born in 1782, he was the son of William Ayrton.

Organist of
1802 - 1822
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William Ayrton
1726 - 2nd Feb 1799
Son of Edward Ayrton, William Ayrton was born 1726

Organist of
1748 - 1799
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William Francis Morrall Ayrton
1778-1850
William Francis Mortal Ayrton, the son of William Ayrton, was born 1778 in Rippon.
Organist of
1799 - 1802
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William Francis Mortal Ayrton was the son of William Ayrton (1734-1799), organist, and the nephew of Dr Edmund Ayrton (1734- 1808), organist, composer, and concert manager. He was born in 1778 in Ripon, the city of his family for many generations, and he ended his life there. But, like some of the other Ayrtons, he was apparently drawn for part of his career to London.
He was doubtless the "Morrell Ayrton, canto" of No 24, James Street, Westminster, listed in Doane's Musical Directory (1794). He sang in the concerts of Ancient Music and belonged to the Academy of Ancient Music and was a member of the Chapel Royal Choir, his uncle Edmund being at that time Master of the Children of the Chapels Royal.
He was appointed organist of Ripon Cathedral on 25 June 1799 to succeed his father and remained in the post until 1802. He died at his dwelling, Abbott's Grange, Chester, on 8 November 1850.
A will signed on 1 June 1841 left his considerable estate of Abbot's Grange, near Chester, and all its contents to his widow Ellen, with his three children residuary legatees, except that his two sons' shares were to be diminished by the amount they would receive from their mother's father, Francis Nicholson. A codicil of 7 August 1846 gave to his son William Francis Ayrton "the portrait of his Grandfather painted by himself," to his son Alfred the portrait of his mother painted by Mr Hough, and to his daughter Elizabeth Margaretta the portrait of herself by Liversage and one of himself by Junes. The will was proved by Ellen the widow on 24 February 1810

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John Badham
- 1688
Organist of
1661 - 1668
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Edward Bailey
1758 - 4th Nov 1830
Edward Bailey was born 1758 in Chester.
Organist of
1785 - 1791
1803 - 1823
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John Bailey
1749 - 26th Nov 1823
John Bailey was born 1749 in Chester
A Chorister and assistant organist to Edward Orme.
A composer of Anthems and Chants which were used at Chester Cathedral
Buried in Chester Cathedral.

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1776 - 1803
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Edward Cuthbert Bairstow
22nd Aug 1874 – 1st May 1946
Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow was born 22nd August 1874 in Huddersfield.
He was a pupil of H. Parratt, Arthur Page, John Farmer and Sir Frederick Bridge.
A conductor of various Choral Societies in the North of England, and composer of Church Music, Part Songs, Organ pieces, etc.

Organist of
All Saints' Norfolk Square, London
Wigan Parish Church 1899
Leeds Parish Church 1906
1913 - 1946
Edward Cuthbert Bairstow
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Edmund Baker
- 1765
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For some time he was Orgainst to the Corporation of Shrewsbury.
On May 21st 1737, he was admonished by the Dean and Chapter for refusing to sing in an Anthem at Evening Service when requested to do so by the Senior Prebendary.

Organist of
St. Mary's Shrewsbury
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1727 - 1764
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Organist of
1585 - 1597
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1762 - 20th Sep 1841
Ralph Banks was born 1762 in Durham.
A Chorister in Durham Cathedral and assistant organist there under Thomas Ebdon
He published a Selection of Hymn Tunes from Purcell, Croft, etc.
A volume of his Cathedral Music was published posthumously by Messrs. Chappell. It includes an Anthem, 'O Sing unto the Lord," composed for the re-opening of the organ at Rochester Cathedral, after additions to it by Hill, on November 22nd (St. Cecilia's Day), 1840.
At the time of Banks's appointment the prayers at Rochester Cathedral were read, not chanted, by the Minor Canons. Through Banks's exertions this abuse was rectified.

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The following entry, made by Banks in an Organ Book belonging to the Cathedral, has been kindly supplied to me by a past Organist, John Hopkins, and throws an additional light upon the limited scope of the musical services there at this time.
When I came from Durham to this Cathedral in 1790, only one Lay Clerk attended during each week. The daily service was chanted. Two Services (Aldrich in G and Rogers in D) and seven Anthems had been in rotation on Sundays for twelve years !!! R. B.
This entry appears in one of four Organ Books in the handwriting of Banks, who grouped their contents as follows: 1, Full Services; 2, Full Anthems; 3, Verse Services; 4, Verse Anthems.

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THE Centenary the opening of Green's Organ in Rochester Cathedral will be kept on SATURDAY, November 28th
SPECIAL SERVICE at three pm. (by permission of the Dean). Purcell's Festival Te Deum in D will be sung during the service, and also the Anthem O sing unto the Lord, composed by Ralph Banks (Organist of the Cathedral), expressly for, and performed at, the opening on 28th November, 1791. The offertory after defraying necessary expenses will be for the improvement of the organ.

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George Barcrofte
1550 - 1610
George Barcrofte matriculated as a
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of Trinity College, Cambridge on 12 December 1574, and proceeded to the degree of BA in 1577–78.
He was appointed a minor canon and organist at in 1579.

Organist of
1579 - 1609
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Joseph Barnby
12th Aug 1838 - 28th Jan 1896
Sir Joseph Barnby was born 12th Aug 1838 in York.
He was a Chorister in York Minster and a student of the Royal Academy of Music.
Musical advisor to Novello & Co. He conducted a performance of Bach's Passion Music at Westminster Abbey in April of 1871. Director of Music at St. Anne's, Soho. Founded "Mr. Joseph Barnby's Choir" in 1867, which afterwards gave its performances under the title of "The Oratorio Concerts," and eventually amalgamated with M. Gounod's Choir as The (Royal) Albert Hall Choral Society.
Precentor of Eton College, 1875-1892. Conductor of the Concerts of the Royal Academy of Music, 1886-1888. Principal of the Guildhall School of Music, 1892. Conductor of the Cardiff Musical Festivals, 1892 and 1895.
Knighted in 1892.
Composer of a Sacred Idyll, "Rebekah," a setting of Psalm 97, Church Music, Part-songs, Trios, Songs, Carols, Organ pieces, Etc. Musical Editor of the Hymnary, Etc.
Sir Joseph Barnby Died suddenly in London, January 28, 1896.

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1875 - 1892
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Sir Joseph Barnby, Principal of the Guildhall School of Music, to which post he was elected in 1892, died in London yesterday morning.
Sir Joseph Barnby was born at York in 1838, and became chorister in York Minster, whence he entered the Royal Academy of Music, after which his progress in the musical world was rapid. He succeed Gounod as conductor of the Royal Albert Hall Choral Society in 1872. He conducted the first Passion service at Westminster Abbey in1871, and held the baton at several State concerts, including entertainments given in London before the late Czar and the Shah of Persia. He was knighted in 1892.
Sir Joseph was ill for a considerable time last year, but appeared to have recovered, so that his death was unexpected. It is stated at the Guildhall School of Music that the deceased was, comparatively speaking, quite well on Monday evening.
Her Majesty the Queen yesterday caused the following telegram to be sent to Lady Barnby : The Queen desires me to say she is truly sorry to hear of Sir Joseph Barnby's death, and her Majesty offers you her deep sympathy in your great bereavement. -Edward."
During the afternoon sympathetic telegrams were received from large number of persons while many friends and admirers of the deceased knight called in person to condole with the family. It appears that as lately as Monday evening Sir Joseph was engaged at a rehearsal at the Albert Hall, and was in the best of spirits. It is at present intended to hold the concert at which he was to conduct at the Albert Hall on Thursday, and to have the "Dead March" (as arranged) in memory of Prince Henry of Battenburg, and then Sullivan's " Memoriam" as a mark of respect to Sir Joseph, who was a great friend and admirer of the composer.
Unless the arrangements for the funeral should be altered at the request of any of the musical bodies with which Sir Joseph was connected, the interment will take place at Norwood on Saturday next. A coffin of plain oak has been ordered and on the brass name plate will be the words 'Peace, perfect peace," the hymn commencing that way being one of Sir Joseph's compositions, as also was the well-known funeral hymn Now the labourer's task is o'er."
Lady Barnby is bearing up as well as may be expected under her terrible trouble.

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Chappell Batchelor
1st Jul 1822 – 11th Jan 1884
Chappell Batchelor was born 1st July 1822 in Southwell.
He was a Chorister in Southwell Cathedral in 1830. A King's Scholar of the Royal Acadamy of Music in 1838 under Potter Sir John Goss and others.

Organist of
1841 - 1857
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Frank Bates
13th Jan 1856 - May 1936
Dr. Frank Bates was born 13th January 1856 at March
For some time Assistant Organist of Leamington Parish Church. In 1888 he organised a special choir For the Cathedral, and commenced a series of Musical Services for the people.
Conductor of Norwich Diocean Church Choral Association, Norwich Philharmonic Society, and Norwich Choral Society.
Lecturer. Composer of an Oratorio, "Samuel," Church Music, etc.
Owing largely to the efforts of Dr. Bates. a large five-manual Organ, by Messrs. Norman & Beard, was erected in the Cathedral, and opened on December 12, 1899.
At the time of his death in 1936 he was the oldest Cathedral Organist, having spent fifty years at Norwich Cathedral.

Organist of
St. Baldred's Episcopal Church. North Berwick, 1874
St. John's. Edinburgh, 1882
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George Bates
6th Jul 1802 - 24th Jan 1881
George Bates was born 6th July 1802 in Halifax.
Composed of a Volume of Sacred Music, Hymns in 1873
Died January 24, 1881. Buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard.
There is a brass to Bates in the North Nave Aisle of Ripon Cathedral on which is engraved his Venti Creator.

Organist of
1829 - 1873
Logo, Newspaper article DEATH OF THE LATE CATHEDRAL ORGANIST.
We regret to announce the death of Mr. George Bates, late organist of Ripon Cathedral, which occurred at his residence, Park Street, Ripon, on Saturday last, at the age of 79. He retired on Friday night in his usual health, but early the following morning died suddenly from an affection at the heart from which he had suffered for some years.
The deceased gentleman was a well-known and highly respected musician. For 41 years he occupied the position of organist in Ripon Cathedral, a post which he relinquished about six years ago. As a professor of music be possessed great talent, and was skilful on the piano, violin, and other instruments, on which he also gave lessons to his numerous pupils. In the course of his long professional career he has composed a great number of chants, hymn tunes, and other selections. Amongst the most noteworthy are a funeral anthem, the music of which is very beautiful and highly thought of; services for morning and evening prayers; and music for the ordination hymn. The latter is sung not only in England, but in America, the Colonies, and wherever the ordination service of the Church of England is used.
As a last tribute of respect to one who for so many years contributed to the musical success of the services within the Cathedral, the Dean and Chapter instructed the choristers to attend the interment of the deceased, which took place at Trinity Church on Wednesday morning. The ceremony was deeply impressive, the burial service being read by the Rev. J. H. Goodier, incumbent, assisted by the Rev. S. Joy. precentor of the Cathedral, the music being efficiently rendered by the choir. A large number of friends of the deceased from the city and neighbourhood were also present.

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Thomas Bateson
c.1575 - 11th Mar 1630
Thomas Bateson was a distinguished Madrigal writer. Subsequently Organist of Trinity (now Christ Church) Cathedral, Dublin, where he took the degree of Mus.B., the first Musical Degree granted by that University.
Died in Dublin, March 11 1630.
Some of his Church Music was published by the Musical Antiquarian Society in its "Anthems by Composers of the Madrigalian Era."
The Treasurer's Accounts at Chester Cathedral contain entries of payments to him for "ye new organ booke belonging to o'r Quier" and "for mending ye organs."

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George Bath
- 1625
Master of the Choristers and Organist at Winchester Cathedral
Buried in the Cathedral beside his wife.

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Adrian Batten
c.1585-91 - 1637
Adrian Batten was born around 1585-81 in Salisbury.
He was a Chorister in Winchester Cathedral, and pupil of John Holmes. Lay Vicar of Westminster Abbey, 1614. Organist and Vicar Choral of St. Paul's Cathedral, 1624. Died 1637.
A voluminous composer of Church Music,much of it being in MS.
Batten's music appears to have been among the earliest that was measured out by means of bar-lines.

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Arthur Baynon
1889 - 13th Aug 1954
Arthur John Baynon was born 1889 in Clifton.
Articled pupil to Cedrick Bucknall, at all Saints, Clifton.
Music Master of Truro college in 1911.

Organist of
1913 - 1919
Caterham School 1934 - 1949
St. Pauls Presbyterian Church. Ldn. 1934 - 1954
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George Galloway Beale
1868 - 1936
George Galloway Beale was born 1868 in London.
Educated and a Chorister at Marlborough College.
He was a pupil of Sir Frederck Bridge.

Organist of
St. John's School, Leatherhead
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William Beale
1st Jan 1784 - 3rd May 1854
William Beale was born 1st January 1784 in Landrake, Cornwall.
He was a Chorister in Westminster Abbey. He studied under Dr Arnold and Dr. Cooke.
Made a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1816.
Composer of Glees. Madrigals, and one or two pieces of Church Music. His Anthem, "Bow down Thine ear," has been edited by Dr. A. H. Mann.

Organist of
Wandsworth Parish Church
St. John's, Clapham Rise

1820 - 1821
William Beale organist
William Beale

Portrait (1815), watercolour on ivory, by Charles John Robertson
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John Charles Beckwith
1788 - 11th Oct 1819
John Charles Beckwith was born 1788.
He was considered to be an organist of great ability.
He was thirty two when he died. Buried in St. Peter Mancroft Church.

Organist of
1809 - 1819
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John Christmas Beckwith
25th Dec 1750 - 3rd Jun 1809
John Christmas Beckwith was born 25th December 1750 in Norwich.
Articled pupil of Drs. William and Philip Hayes at Oxford.
For some years Master of the Chorister's at Norwich Cathedral before his appointment as Organist.
His powers as an extempore player (especially of fugues) are said to have been exceptional. He was also considered a good painter.
Died of paralysis, June 3, 1809. Buried in St. Peter Mancroft Church.
Composer of Anthems, Organ pieces, Glees, a Sonata for the harpsichord, Songs, "The First Verse of every Psalm of David, with an Ancient or Modern Chant in score, adapted as much as possible to the sentiment of each Psalm. "
His name, Christmas, is, of course, accounted for by the fact that his birthday fell upon December 25.
It is said that Bishop Home, when President of Magdalen College, Oxford, "usually joined in the singing with a very loud voice, but always came in at the wrong places. Having once complained to a Deputy-Organist, Mr. Beckwith, that he played so loud that he could not hear himself sing: 'Can you not' said the musician, 'I can hear you very plain indeed, sir.' The President smiled, and said no more." (Reg. Magdalen College. Bloxam.)

Organist of
St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, 1794
1808 - 1809
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Degrees logo1803. Mus. Bac. and Mus. Doc. John Christmas Beckwith, of Magd. Hall.
He was born in 1759, and was a pupil of Drs. W. and P. Hayes. In 14 he became Organist of St. Peter Mancrofts, Norwich, and in 1808 succeeded T. Garland as Organist of Norwich Cathedral.
He died 1809.
His compositions consist of anthems, organ voluntaries, a concerto, a sonata, Etc., and a collection of chants.
He was an organist of very high rank, with remarkable powers of extemporising, and would frequently play four extempore fugues in one service.
Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
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Beckwyth
Sir Beckwyth was paid 26s 8d (£1.34) for playing the organ at Sailsbury Cathedral for a whole year 1558 - 1559

Organist of
1858 - 1859
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Thomas Bedsmore
1833 - 9th June 1881
Thomas Bedsmore was born 1833 in Lichfield, a Chorister at Lichfield Cathedral.
A pupil of S. Spofforth, and Assistant-Organist at Lichfield Cathedral. Organist, 1864.
Held several other appointments in and around Lichfield, in addition to that at the Cathedral.
Died 1881. Buried in the Cathedral Close. Composer of Church Music, Songs, Pianoforte pieces, Etc.
The Cathedral Library contains six Anthems by him.
There is a handsome memorial brass to him on the wall of Lichfield Cathedral North Choir Aisle.

Organist of
1864 - 1881
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The funeral of Mr. Thomas Bedsmore, organist of Lichfield Cathedral, whose death we announced in our last, took place at the Cathedral, on Monday last, when his remains were interred in the Close.
The funeral was attended by the members of the Lichfield Company of the 5th S. R. V., of which the deceased was Captain, and the following officers of the battalion. Colonel Levett, M.P., Major Levett, Captain and Adjutant Roworth, Captains Mort, Bindley, Cooke, Jackson, and Goer; Surgeons Brown and Monckton, and Lieutenants Crosskey, Gilbert, Barker, Clendinnen, Hamel, and Nicholas.
There were also present several members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Staffordshire Freemasons, of which deceased had been Prov. Grand Organist for a number of years, as well as the W.M., wardens, and members of St. John's Lodge of Freemasons (Lichfield), of which deceased had been twice W.M. The Lord Bishop of Lichfield, Archdeacon Iles, and other clergy were present, and the service was choral.
The usual military honours were paid to the remains of the deceased, and volleys were discharged over the grave by a firing party of men belonging to his company. There was a large congregation of people in the Cathedral, and at the grave side, and while the funeral was taking place a number of the shops in the town were closed, and the blinds were drawn at many of the houses.
Mr. Bedsmore became seriously ill about a mouth since, and pleurisy supervening, he died from exhaustion. He was in the 48th year of his age, and bad been connected with Lichfield Cathedral from the year 1848, when he joined the choir as a chorister.
He was afterward apprenticed to Mr. Spofforth, the organist, whose deputy he became, On Mr. Spofforth's death, in 1864, he was appointed organist, a position which he has held with singular ability, allying to an excellent command over the organ a tact in direction which, generally speaking, has resulted in the cathedral choir maintaining a high degree of efficiency. Mr. Bedsmore will be remembered throughout the length and breadth of the diocese of Lichfield, and especially in connection with the triennial choir festivals, in which he necessarily took a very prominent part.
He took an active part in the volunteer movement, being connected with the Lichfield volunteers since their establishment in 1860. He raised and instructed the band, of which he was honorary bandmaster, and was subsequently appointed ensign namely, on October 13, 1866, of the corps. He became lieutenant on August 1, 1870, and in 1878 was appointed captain, which post he held up to the time of his death. He had for many years worked most laboriously, and generally gratuitously, in furthering the objects of the public institutions with which he was connected and the social wellbeing of the citizens.

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William Edward Belcher
1864 - 1953
William Edward Belcher was born 1864 at Handsworth. He was a student of the Royal College of Music. Choral Scholar in King's College, Cambridge. Composer of Church Music.

Organist of
Parish Church, Kingston-on-Thames, 1891
St. Michael's, Headingley, Leeds 1893
Deputy-Organist to the Leeds Corporation. 1895
1901 - 1917
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John Benbow
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Organist of
1530 - 1564
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Alfred Bennett (snr)
1805 - 12th Sep 1830
Alfred Bennett was the son of Thomas Bennett and brother of H. Bennett, of Chichester Cathedral. He was a pupil of his father.
Died September 12, 1830, from injuries sustained by a fall from the stage-coach "Auroras" whilst on his way to the Worcester Musical Festival. Buried in the Cloisters of New College.
He Was a composer of Church Music.
Editor, with (Dr.) William Marshall, of a Collection of Chants. Author of "instructions for the Spanish Guitar", "Vocalist's Guide," Etc.
Organist of
University Church, 1825
1825 - 1830
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Logo, Newspaper article DREADFUL COACH ACCIDENT.
We have this week the painful duty of recording the death, under circumstances of the most distressing description, of Mr. Alfred Bennett, organist of New College chapel and the University church.
Last Saturday evening he was travelling outside the Aurora coach, to attend the Music Meeting at Worcester. About ten o'clock the coach, which was very heavily laden both with passengers and luggage, arrived at Severn Stoke Hill, when the coachman unhappily attempted to drive down without the necessary precaution, with such a load, of locking the wheel; and shocking to relate the vehicle was overturned with a tremendous crash and part of the luggage falling on Mr. Bennett, he was so much injured that he remained in an insensible state till noon on Sunday, when he expired.
Mr. Bennett's death is an afflictive bereavement to his widow and family. Though but a young man, he had pre-eminent abilities in his profession. His performances on the organ have been the admiration of competent judges of musical merit and were always listened to with delight by the admirers of that noble instrument

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He published a service, some anthems, and a collection of chants.
He died in 1830, at the age of twenty-five.
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Alfred Bennett (jnr)
Alfred Bennett (jnr) was the only son of Alfred Bennett. He sailed for India to fill the position of organist at St. John's Church Calcutta January 1857.

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June 1856 - Dec 1856
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Mr. Alfred Bennett, organist of John’s College, and late pupil and assistant Dr. Wesley, has been selected to fil the office of organist and choir-master at Sl John’s Church, Calcutta, by the Rev. John B. Dykes, Precentor of Durham, and the Rev. George Carter, senior minor canon of Norwich, by virtue of the power delegated to them for that purpose*

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George John Bennett
5th May 1863 - 20th Aug 1930
George John Bennett was born 5th May 1863 in Andover.
A Chorister in Winchester College. Student of the Royal Academy of Music under
G. A. Macfarren,
George Alexander Macfarren
2nd Mar 1813 – 31st Oct 1887
English composer and musicologist.
C. H. Steggall
Charles Henry Steggall
3rd June 1826 – 7th June 1905
English hymnodist and composer.
, and others.
Afterwards studied abroad (through the kindness of Messrs. Novello) under
F. Kiel
Friedrich Kiel
8th Oct 1821 – 13th Sep 1885
German composer and music teacher.
and
J. Rhinberger
Josef Gabriel Rhinberger
17th Mar 1839 - 25th Nov 1901
Organist and composer
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On his return to England he was appointed a Professor of Harmony at the Royal Academy of Music.
Fellow and Member of the Council of the Royal College of Organists and Conductor of the orchestra at the London Organ School, and for some time Conductor of the Church Orchestral Society.
Composer of Church Music, Orchestral Music. Organ pieces, Songs, Chamber Music. Pianoforte pieces, Etc.
Under Dr. Bennett's direction a new and unusually complete four-manual was erected by Willis at Lincoln Cathedral, from a specification drawn up by J. M. W. Young, with large additions. It was opened on Thursday, November 17th (St. Hugh's Day), 1898, with a Special Service, followed by two Recitals by Sir Walter Parratt.

Organist of
St. John's, Wilton Road, 1890
, 1895
George John Bennett Organist
George John Bennett

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Harold E Bennett
1881 - 8th Feb 1938
Harold Ernest Bennett was born 1881
He studied with Sir Herbert Brewer
Organist of
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Logo, Newspaper article ABERDEEN ORGANIST DEATH OF MR HAROLD E. BENNETT
Mr Harold E. Bennett, the well-known Aberdeen organist, died in an Aberdeen nursing home yesterday. Mr Bennett, who lived at 35 Desswood Place, was a native of Gloucestershire. He studied with Sir Herbert Brewer, organist of Gloucester Cathedral, and held appointments in Forres and Peterhead before coming to St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen, and to be music master at the High School for Girls.
Mr Bennett was a fine musician, refined player and splendid recitalist. With the beauty of the English cathedral service in his nature, his own part in the musical service in St Andrew's was reverent and dignified, and was reflected in his choir training and in his organ accompaniments. He did fine work for the cause of his art in the Girls' High School, and, in the numerous concerts held there, his pupils gave evidence of his painstaking and careful tuition.
Mr Bennett will greatly missed in Aberdeen both for his music and for his delightful personality.
He leaves widow and three children- Miss Bennett, who is a teacher at a school in Liverpool; Mr A. Bennett, a talented pianist, who is an architect's office in London; and Stanley Bennett, who is at the Grammar School. Me Bennett underwent a serious operation six weeks ago.

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Henry R Bennett
1807 - 1861
Henry Robert Bennett was the son of the Thomas Bennett.
He was a Chorister in Magdalen College, Oxford.
A pupil of his father Thomas Bennett he succeeded him at Chichester Cathedral. Resigned the post at Chichester and became Organist of St. Andrew's, Wells Street, London, exchanging appointments with Dr. Philip Armes.
There are Anthems by him in the books of Chichester Cathedral.

Organist of
1849 - 1860
St. Andrew's, Wells Street, London
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Thomas Bennett
1779 - 21st Mar 1848
Thomas Bennett was born 1779 at Fonthill.
He was a Chorister in Salisbury Cathedral.
Organist of
St. John's Chapel, Chichester,
. 1817 - 1848
Died March 21, 1848. Buried in the Cathedral Yard. Published "Sacred Melodies," "Cathedral Selections," and An Introduction to the Art of Singing."
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Mr. Thomas Bennett, many years organist of the Cathedral. The deceased had called at his son's shop at noon, and was in the act of tuning a piano, when he was suddenly seized with apoplexy, and expired instantly.

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Myles Cecil Berkeley
7th, Aug 1866 - 1925
Myles Cecil Berkeley was born 7th, August 1866 at Secunderabad.
He was a Chorister in Manchester Cathedral, a student at the Royal Academy of Music, under T. Westlake, F. Walker. F. Davenport, and H. Rose.
Afterwards pupil of Drs. A. H. Mann and C. Wood, at Cambridge.
Since 1894 successively Precentor and Organist of Forest School, Walthamstow. and Chaplain of the Royal Naval College, Osborne. Isle of Wight.

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1892 - 1894
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William Thomas Best
13th Aug 1826 – 10th May 1897
William Thomas Best was born 13th August 1826 in Carlisle, Cumberland.
At the age of fourteen, he became organist of the Baptist chapel in Pembroke Road,Liverpool.
In 1847 he was appointed organist at the Church for the Blind in Liverpool, and in 1849 also to the Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
In 1855, on the completion of the great organ in , he was appointed corporation organist.
No performer in England equalled Best's pedal technique, and he was very frequently invited to inaugurate newly built organs all over the country.
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Samuel Bettridge
- c1752
Samuel Bettridge was appointed at Armagh Cathedral 26th May 1722.
He had previously been organist of St Werburgh’s and St John’s Dublin.
Appointed by Archbishop Lindsay, he was according to Harris (1739) "more skilful" than his predecessor (William Toole).
Cathedral Anthems give his date of death as about 1752.

Extract:- St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, history.

Organist of
St. Werburgh's Dublin
St. John's Dublin 1715 - 1720
1722 - 1752
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Edward Betts
Edward Betts was appointed Master of the Choristers Manchester Cathedral in 1732
Compiler of "An Introduction to the Skill of Musick, Anthems, Hymns, and Psalm Tunes, in several parts." London, 1724.
The Cheetham College Grace is said to have been composed by Edward Betts.

Organist of
1714 - 1767
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Elway Bevin
c.1554 - 1639
Elway Bevin was employed as organist at Bristol Cathedral at the usual Salary of £10, with an augmentation of £3 6s. 8d.
Of Welsh descent. He was a pupil of Tallis.
Vicar Choral of Wells Cathedral, 1575 - 1588, acting as Organist there. 1578-1588.
Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 1605.
He was compelled to forfeit the latter appointment, and that at Bristol, upon its being discovered that he was a Roman Catholic. (Extract from the Bristol Chapter Minutes) 14 Feb., 1637.
"The said Dean and Chapter capitularly ordered and decreed that Elway Bevin be removed, expelled, and dismissed from his office of Organist and Master of the Choristers."
Composer of Church Music. Etc. His Service in the Dorian Mode was still in use at many of the Cathedrals c1921.

Organist of
1589 - 1637
1578 - 1588
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John Bishop
1665 - 19th Dec 1737
John Bishop was born 1665.
He was a pupil of Daniel Rosingrave.
Lay Vicar of King's College, Cambridge, 1687; also Organist of the same from Michaelmas to Christmas of the same year.
Organist of Winchester College, 1695.
Lay clerk of Winchester Cathedral, 1696; afterwards succeeding Vaughan Richardson as Organist of Winchester Cathedral,*
Died at Winchester, December 19,1737.
Buried in the Cloisters of the College Chapel.
{* Bishop's rival for the post of Organist at Winchester Cathedral was James Kent, who was esteemed a better player, but the "age and amiable disposition" of the former, coupled with the sympathy felt for some family misfortune he had suffered, induced the Dean and Chapter to give him the appointment.}

Organist of
1687
1695
1729 - 1737
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William Bishop
William Bishop
Was Lay Vicar Choral at .
He was dismissed for inebriety, afterwards restored and finally dismissed in 1725.
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George Black
George Black.
Composer of a Service in B flat which was in use at Chester Cathedral.
Organist of
1823 - 1824
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Isaac Blackwell
- 1699
Isaac Blackwell Admitted Vicar Choral at St. Paul's Cathedral on February 21st, 1687, and signed as Organist November 23, 1687, holding the office of Organist at the Services which took place white the present Cathedral was being built.
He contributed two Anthems, "Behold, how good and joyful" and "Let my complaint," to the second set of Dering's "Cantica Sacra," and seven Songs to Playford's "Choice Ayres, Songs and Dialogues." An Anthem by him, "O Lord our Governor," is included in the Ely MSS.

Organist of
St Dunstan-in-the-West 1674 - 1699
St Michael, Cornhill 1684 - 1699
1687 - 1699
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Hugh Blair
4th May 1864 - 22nd Jul 1932
Hugh Blair was born May 26, 1864 at Worcester.
A pupil of Dr. Done, and afterwards of Professor
G. A. Macfarren,
George Alexander Macfarren
2nd Mar 1813 – 31st Oct 1887
English composer and musicologist.
and Dr. Garrett, Organ Scholar at Christ's College, Cambridge, 1883.
Assistant-Organist of Worcester Cathedral, 1886; Acting-Organist, 1889; succeeding to the full office on the death of Dr. Done, 1895.
Conductor of the Worcester Festivals, 1893 and 1896.
Organist of Holy Trinity, Marylebone, London.
Composer of Cantatas, Anthems, Services, Orchestral Music, Organ pieces, Partasongs, Violin pieces, Etc.

Organist of
1895 - 1897
Hugh Blair organist
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William Blitheman
1525 - 1591
William Blitheman was Master of the Choristers, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 1564.
Buried in St. Nicholas Olave Church, Queenhithe.
Composer of Church Music and pieces for the Organ, Virginals. Etc.

Organist of
1585 - 1591
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Logo, Newspaper article The following Epitaph to him was to be found in St. Nicholas Olive Church before the Great Fire:
Here Blitheman lies, a worthy wight,
Who feared God above,
A friend to all, a foe to none,
Whom rich and poor did love;
Of princes chappell gentleman
Unto his dying day,
Whom all tooke great delight to heare
Him on the organs play;
Whose passing skill in musicke's art
A scholar left behind,
John Bull by name, his master's veine
Expressing in each kinde;
But nothing here continues long,
Nor resting-place can have,
His soule departed hence to heaven,
His body here in grave.

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Hawkins gives an organ piece by him, and there are compositions in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book, and in the Mulliner MS. in the British Museum (Add. MSS., 30,513).
He was the Instructor of John Bull, according to the brass plate which was over his tomb in St. Nicholas Olave, Queenhithe.
He died in 1591.

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John Blow
1649 - 1st Oct 1708
John Blow was born at North Collingham, or Newark-on-Trent, 1648 or 1649
Probably educated in the Song School, Newark-on-Trent.
Chorister in the Chapel Royal at the Restoration.
Pupil of Captain Cooke and Dr. Christopher Gibbons.
Organist of Westminster Abbey, 1668.
Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 1673.
Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal, 1674.
Organist of the Chapel Royal, 1676. Resigned the organist of Westminster Abbey in favour of his pupil, Henry Purcell, 1679.
Member of the Royal Band of James II., 1685.
Almoner and Master of the Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral, 1687-1693.
Re-appointed Organist of Westminster Abbey on the death of Purcell, 1695.
Tuner of the Regals, etc., to the King, in succession to Henry Purcell, 1695.

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1676 - 1698
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Benjamin Blyth
1824- 20th Jul 1883
Benjamin Blyth was the Son of Benjamin Blyth, Mus.D., Oxon.
He was Born 1824. A Chorister in Magdalen College he Matriculated at Oxford New College, 1841.
A Clerk at Oxford New College, 1842-1845.
Benjamin Blyth Died at Whitchurch, Oxon, 1883.
He was the Composer of the Music to "Sicut Lilium," sung before the Vacation at Magdalen College School.
His uncle, Mr. Blyth (of the firm Blyth and Sons Organ Builders), is mentioned in the Registers as the tuner and repairer of the organ at the Old College Oxford.

Organist of
St. Martins Church, Oxford 1854 - 1859
Thomas Bolton
? - 1st Jan 1644

Organist of
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John Henry Bond

Organist of
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1823 - 1829?
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John Stocks Booth
1828 - 7th Dec 1879
John Stocks Booth was born in Sheffield in 1828. a pupil of Gauntlett, Thalberg, Sterndale Bennett,and Molique. Organist, successively, of Queen Street Chapel, Sheffield, and Wortley Church and St. Philip's, Sheffield (double appointment).
Removed to Watford (Hens), and was shortly afterwards appointed Organist at St. Alban's Abbey. Died of cerebral paralysis, December 7,1879. Buried in the Cathedral Yard. At the time of his appointment the Abbey organ was a small instrument by Father Smith and the Services were of a very primitive character. The Tate and Brady versions of the Psalms were the only hymns in use. These were announced by the organ blower, who emerged from his corner in a surplice yellow with age, and performed his task in broad Hertfordshire brogue. The character of the Services was, however, gradually improved, and a new organ was erected from Mr. Booths specification (with the valuable help of Dr. E. J. Hopkins) by Messrs. Hill & Son, at a cost of £1,300, and opened with a special Musical Festival. Mr. Booth directed the musical arrangements at the Service of the enthronement of the first Bishop (Dr. Claughton, previously Bishop of Rochester), on June 12, 1870

Organist of
Queen Street Chapel, Sheffield
Wortley Church and St. Philip's, Sheffield (double appointment).
1858 - 1880
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Organist of
1679 - 1682
Robert Bowers
? - 1704

Organist of
1699 - 1704
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John Bowman

Organist of
1709 - 1730.
Jackson Church, Airdrie. 1926 - 1937
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William Boyce
1710 - 7th Feb 1779
William Boyce was born in London, 1710.
He was a chorister in St. Paul's Cathedral. A pupil of Dr. Greene and
Dr. Pepusch. Dr. Pepusch
Johann Christoph Pepusch
1667 – 20 July 1752
German-born composer who spent most of his working life in England
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Composer to the Chapel Royal, 1736.
Master of the Royal Band of Music, 1755.
William Boyce died at Kensington, February 7, 1779. Buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.
Composer of Church Music, Masques, Odes, Sonatas, Concertos, and other Instrumental Music, Songs, Duets, etc.
Compiler of Boyce's well-known Collection of Cathedral Music, which was commenced by Dr. Greene, but upon the failure of the latter's health the collected material was handed over by him to Dr. Boyce, with the request that he (Dr. Boyce) would complete it.

Organist of
Oxford Chapel, 1734;
St. Michael's, Cornhill, 1736.
All Hallows' the Great and Less, Thames Street, 1749.
, 1758.
William Boyce
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Organist of
1522 - 1540
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Richard Bramston
Richard Bramston was appointed Temporary Organist and Vicar Choral at July 23rd 1507.
He was a Chorister in Wells Cathedral.
Appointed permanent Vicar Choral January 25th 1508, which office he held for some years.
Richard Bramston died a short time after the Reformation.
He was a Composer of Church Music.
Note from Cathedral records
"Master Hygons, with the consent of the Chapter, promised to pay Richard Bramston, Vicar Choral, 40s, per annum to teach the Choristers to sing well and faithfully as Richard Hygons had done in times past, and that Richard Bramston would take care of and play at the Organs in the Great Choir, and also in the Lady Chapel."
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Alfred Herbert Brewer
21st Jun 1865 - 1st Mar 1928
Alfred Herbert Brewer was born at Gloucester, June 21st 1865. He was a Chorister at Gloucester Cathedral, and afterwards pupil of Dr. Harford Lloyd. First Organ Scholar of the Royal College of Music.
Organ Scholar of Exeter College, Oxford, 1883.
Succeeded C. Lee Williams as Organist of Gloucester Cathedral and Conductor of the Gloucester Festivals, 1897.
His organ work,
Marche Héroïque, Christopher Herrick
played on the Willis organ of the Memorial Chapel, University of Glasgow
was heard at the televised 1979 funeral of Lord Mountbatten.
Organist of
St. Catherine's Church, Gloucester, April, 1881;
St. Mary-dc-Crypt, November, 1881.
St. Michael's, Coventry, 1886
Organist and Music Master of Tonbridge School, 1892.
1897
Alfred Herbert Brewer
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Sir Frederick Bridge
5th Dec 1844 – 18th Mar 1924
John Frederick Bridge was born at Oldbury, Worcestershire, December 5, 1844.
Chorister in Rochester Cathedral. Pupil of John Hopkins, Sir J. Goss, and Sir George Elvey.
Lecturer on Musical Composition, Owens College, Manchester, 1872
Conductor for some years of the Highbury Philharmonic and Western Madrigal Societies. Afterwards Conductor of the Madrigal Society. Director of the Music at the Royal Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in Westminster Abbey, June 21, 1887.
Appointed Gresham Professor of Music, 1890.
Conductor of the Purcell Commemoration Festival in Westminster Abbey, November 21, 1895.
Conductor of Royal Choral Society, 1896.
Knighted in 1897.
Professor of Counterpoint and Composition at the Royal College of Music.
Director of the Music at the Coronations of King Edward VII. And King George V.
Retired from Organistship of Westminster Abbey, 1918, with the title of Emeritus Organist.
Composer of Oratorios, Cantatas, Church Music, Organ Music, Madrigals, Part-songs, Songs. Etc.
Author of works on Counterpoint, Double Counterpoint and Canon, Organ Accompaniment, Musical Gestures, "A Westminster Pilgrim, " Etc.
Editor of various works. Lecturer.
Organist of
Shorne Church, 1861;
Parish Church, Strood, 1862;
Holy Trinity, Windsor, 1865;
, 1869;
Appointed Permanent Deputy-Organist, Westminster Abbey, 1875, succeeding James Turle in the full office, 1882.
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Joseph Cox Bridge
1853-1929
Joseph Cox Bridge was born at Rochester, 1853.
He was a chorister in Rochester Cathedral, and afterwards Assistant-Organist there, and Pupil of John Hopkins.
A pupil also of his brother, Sir Frederick Bridge, and Assistant-Organist to him at Manchester Cathedral.
Organist of Exeter College, Oxford, 1871, where he graduated in Arts and Music.
Assistant-Organist of Chester Cathedral, 1876;
Organist, , 1877.
Was mainly instrumental in re-establishing the Chester Triennial Musical Festivals from 1879 to 1900, of which he was Conductor.
Professor of Music to Durham University, 1908.
Composer of an Oratorio, "Daniel"; a Cantata, "Rudel"; a Symphony for orchestra, Church Music, Part-songs, Etc.
Dr. Joseph Bridge has on more than one occasion acted as Conductor in the place of Sir Charles Halle' at Concerts in Bristol and Manchester.
His researches in connection with the musicians and musical doings of Chester have proved of great historical value.
The choir of Chester Cathedral has always been noted both for its discipline and musical efficiency, and its singing evoked the highest commendation from the American musicians who visited England in 1895.

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John Brimble
c.1651 - 25th Jul 1670

Organist of
Before 1670
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1502 - 1576

Organist of
1557 - 1576

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Richard Brind
- 1718
Richard Brind was a chorister at St Pauls
Organist of
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Edgar C. Broadhurst
10th Jun 1876 - 1967
Edgar Charlie Broadhurst was born at Lympstone, Devon, June 10, 1876.
He was a chorister in Hereford Cathedral.
Pupil of G. R. Sinclair, and Assistant-Organist of .
For some time Accompanist to the Hereford Choral and Orchestral Societies and to the Hereford Festival Choir.
Organist of
, 1896 - 1907.
Harrow Parish Church. and Assistant-Master at Harrow School, 1907.
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Edward Broadway
Organist of
1712 - 1720
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Richard Broadway
- 1760
Richard Broadway was probably the son of Edward Broadway.
He was Vicar Choral of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Composer of an Oratorio, "Solomon's temple".
Organist of
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John Broderip
- 1785
John Broderip was Vicar Choral (on probation) in 1740, and Organist and Master of the Choristers in 1741 at Wells Cathedral.
In his later years he was Organist of Shepton Mallet.
Composer of Songs, Psalms, Glees, Etc.
Organist of
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William Broderip
1683- 1726
William Broderip was born in 1683.
He was appointed 'Vicasr Choaral' at Wells Catedral in 1701. Organist of
1713 - 1726
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Organist of
1542 - 1554

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Hugh Brooksbank
13th Sep 1854 - 28th Apr 1894
Hugh Brooksbank was born 13th September 1854 in Peterborough.
He was a chorister in St. Georges Chapel, Windsor and a pupil of
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26thOct 1847 - 27th May 1921
Peterborough Cathedral organist
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He died 28th Apr 1894 at Cardiff. Organist of
St Alban's, Birmingham 1881
1882 - 1894
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John Brown
Buried May 7th 1674
Organist of
1664 1674?
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Organist of
1614 - 1619
William Brown
c.1737 - 3rd Mar 1807
A native of Worcester
Organist of
1766 - 1807
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Richard Browne
- 1664
Organist of
1662 - 1664
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Organist of
1555 - 1559
William Browne
Organist of
1576 - 1587
William Browne (jr)
Organist of
1599 - 1609
Albertus Bryne
c1621 - 2nd Dec 1668
Albertus Bryne was a pupil of John Tomkins.
Appointed Organist of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1638, at the early age of seventeen. Deprived of his post during the Civil Wars and reappointed at the Restoration. After the Great Fire (in 1666) he became Organist of Westminster Abbey until 1668, but his signature appears in the St. Paul's books for Organists' Augmentation there in 1669 and until 1670.
Composer of Services, Anthems, and Organ pieces.
In The Virgin's Pattern he is described as that famously velvet-fingered Organist.

Organist of
1638 - ?
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PETITION OF ALBERTUS BRYAN TO CHARLES II.
FOR HIS ADMISSION AS ORGANIST OF THE CHAPEL ROYAL:-

To the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
The humble petition of Albertus Bryne,
Sheweth,
That your Majesty's late Royal father, of blessed memory, was pleased in his lifetime to make Choice of your petitioner to be Organist of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, London, in which said place he was by your said late Royal father confirmed when your petitioner was about the age of seventeen years.
And since then he hath so industriously practised that Science that he hath very much augmented his skill and knowledge therein.
And therefore most humbly presents himself to serve your Majesty as Organist in your Majestic's Chapel at Whitehall, if your Majesty would be graciously pleased to admit of him accordingly.
And he shall ever pray.
1660
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Joshua N. Bryant
4th Jun 1864 - 1927
Joshua N. Bryant was born 4th June 1864.
He was a pupil of
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16th Dec 1825 - 24th Mar 1894
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He became organist and choirmaster to the countess of Caven.
Organist of
1890 - 1891
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Percy Carter Buck
Percy Carter Buck was born 1871 at West Ham.
He was a Chorister in West Ham Parish Church.
A student of the Guildhall School of Music. Afterwards he won an Organ Scholarship at the Royal College of Music.
Organist successively at Kingston-on-Thames and Worcester College, Oxford.
Music Master at Rugby School.
Director of Music at Harrow School from 1901.
Professor of Music in Dublin University, 1910-1920.
Composer of Church Music, Organ Sonatas, Vocal Trios, Songs, Etc.
Composer and Editor of music for School use.
Author of a Primer on the Organ.
Lecturer on Music, Etc.

Organist of
1895 - 1899
1899 - 1901
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Zechariah Buck
10th Sep 1798 - 5th Aug 1879
Zechariah Buck was born 10th September 1798 at Norwich.
A Chorister in Norwich Cathedral, and afterwards articled pupil of J. Charles Beckwith.
He was a very successful trainer of boys' voices, also teacher of several well-known organists.
Resigned 1877.
Died at Newport, Essex, August 5, 1879, and was buried in the Churchyard there. Composer of Anthems, Chants, Etc., most of which were published in Dr. Bunnett's "Sacred Harmony " (1865).

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1819 - 1877
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Logo, Newspaper article Very amusing anecdotes have been related by Dr. Buck's pupils concerning the eccentric but apparently successful methods of voice production which he practised during their period of choristership at Norwich.
At first nuts, marbles, and beans were amongst the various articles placed between the teeth to keep the mouth properly open whilst singing.
After a little while, however, the boys began to find it difficult to avoid cracking the nuts, and the worthy Doctor, suspecting that this was less the result of accident than design, found it expedient to invent a substitute for them. A kind of mouthpiece was therefore introduced, made of boxwood, to fit in with the teeth, and in the exact shape of the mouth. Each boy was provided with one of these and a small looking-glass (the latter for the purpose of checking all contortions or unnatural expressions of the face), and both these articles were put into regular use at the morning practices, when the actual voice training was gone through.
Certain exercises for the proper control of the tongue during singing were practised daily before anything else was attempted. The vocal shake, being an ornament much in use at that period, was assiduously cultivated, and a prize of half-a-crown was awarded from time to time to successful "shakers."
Cedric Bucknall
Cedric Bucknall was born 2nd May 1849 in Bath
For some years Assistant-Organist to Professor W. H. Monk at King's College, London, and St. Matthias', Stoke Newington; Organist of St. Thomas's, Clapton, 1870; Organist of Southwell Cathedral, and then Organist of All Saints', Clifton, and of the Clifton Victoria Rooms. Lecturer on Music at the University. Composer of Church Music, Part-songs, Etc
He was a distinguished amateur botanist.
He died 12th December, 1921.

Organist of
1872 - 1876
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John Bull
c.1563 - 13th Mar 1628
John Bull was born c.1563.
He was a Chorister in the Chapel Royal, under
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1525 - 1591
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Organist of Hereford Cathedral, 1582. Admitted a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 1585. Joint-Organist, with Blitheman, of the Chapel Royal, 1588. Organist. 1591.
First
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This permission has been extended to all subsequent Gresham Professors of Music.)
of Music, 1596,
But compelled to resign his Professorship on his marriage in 1607.
"Went beyond the seas without license" (Chapel Royal Cheque Book), 1613, and became Organist of the Chapel Royal at Brussels.
Organist of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Antwerp, 1617.
Died March 13, 1628. Buried in Notre Dame, Antwerp.
Distinguished Organist and Composer of Church Music, Madrigals. Pieces for the Virginals, Organ. Etc.
To John Bull has been attributed the authorship of the music of our National Anthem, "God save the King," but the authority for this seems doubtful.

Organist of 1591 - 1613(?)
1582 - 1585(?)
organist John Bull
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Logo, Newspaper article In 1601 Bull went abroad for the benefit of his health, having obtained permission to appoint Thomas Bird (son of William Bird, Organist of Lincoln Cathedral and afterwards of the Chapel Royal) as his deputy Gresham lecturer.
While travelling through France incognito a famous musician showed him a song in forty parts, challenging anybody to add another part to it. Bull asked to be left alone with the score, which request being granted, he added forty more tarts to it. On seeing these additions the famous musician burst into an ecstasy, declaring that the writer must be either the Devil or John Bull!

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Thomas Bull
Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral
Organist of
1570 - 1580
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Ernest Bullock
15th Sep 1890 - 24th May 1979
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Edward Cuthbert Bairstow
22nd Aug 1874 – 1st May 1946
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Organist of
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1928 - 1941
Ernest Bullock
Ernest Bullock
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Maurice Gordon Burgess
1884 - 1964
Maurice Gordon Burgess was a student of the Guildhall School of Music.
Organist of
1908 - 1909
Dulwich College 1910 -
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Organist of
1665
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Frederick Hampton Burstall
1851 - 1916
Frederick Hampton Burstall was born 29th Jan 1851 in Liverpool.
A pupil of Dr. Rohner at Liverpool.
Organist of Childwall Parish Church, 1870; Wallasey Church, 1876.
Elected Organist of Liverpool Cathedral by the Chapter on the formation of the See.
Organised a large special choir for Oratorio Services, 1883.
Composer of Church Music, an Anniversary Ode for the Liverpool Pageant of 1907, Songs, Pianoforte pieces, Etc.

Organist of
1880 - 1916
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Humphrey Bussel
Organist of
1578 - 1578 (9 months)
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Frank Charles Butcher
1882 - 1948
Organist of
c.1900-1903?
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Thomas Butler
Organist of
1572 - 1595
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John Byrcheley
John Byrcheley had been Schoolmaster in the Monastery at Chester before its suppression.
There are records in the Treasurer's Accounts of payments to him for playing and for mending the organs.
The name of John Byrcheley appears as one of the composers in the Baldwin MS. at Buckingham Palace. Organist of
1541- 1550
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William Byrd
1542(3) - 4th Jul 1623
William Byrd was born in 1542 or 1543. Probably a native of Lincoln.
One of the most eminent musicians of the sixteenth century.
A Chorister in the Chapel Royal and Pupil of Talus.
Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 1569, and afterwards Organist there (?) 1572.
It is said that, upon his appointment as Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln allowed him to continue his office at the latter place by means of his deputy, Thomas Butler, who afterwards, upon Byrd's recommendation, succeeded him as Organist.
Died July 4, 1623.
Composer of Church Music, Madrigals, pieces for the Virginal, Etc.

Organist of
1563 - 1572
William Byrd
William Byrd
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From certain documents, still extant, he appears to have retained his convictions as a Roman Catholic; but through the influence of powerful friends he was enabled to continue in his appointments.

By an Act of Chapter passed on September 29, 1570, the Organist was directed to set the tune before the commencement of the Te Deum and the "Canticle of Zachary" at Morning Prayer, and before the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis at Evening Prayer, and to accompany the Anthem.
John Calah
1758 - 5th Aug 1798
John Calah was born 1758.
Organist of St. Mary's Church and Master of the Song School, Newark-on-Trent, 1782.
Died 1798. Buried in the "New Building" of the Cathedral.
Composer of Church Music, Songs. a Sonata for pianoforte, violin, and cello, Etc.
A Double Chant by him was formerly very popular.
Organist of
1785 - 1798
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John Baptiste Calkin
10th Mar 1827 - 15th Apr 1905
John Baptiste Calkin was born 10th March 1827 in London.
A pupil of his father, James Calkin.
Organist and Precentor of St. Columba's College, Navan (afterwards Rathfarnham).
Professor at the Guildhall School of Music.
Died in London, April 15, 1905.
Composer of Church Music, Chamber Music, Part-songs, Songs, Organ pieces, Pianoforte pieces, Etc.
Organist of

Woburn Chapel, London, 1853;
Camden Road Chapel, 1863;
St. Thomas's Church, Camden Town, 1870-1884.
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Frederick Cambridge
29th Mar 1841 - 1914
Frederick Cambridge was born 29th March 1841 at South Runcton, Norfolk.
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10th Sep 1798 - 5th Aug 1879
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Wilhelm Bernard Molique
7 Oct 1802 – 10 May 1869
German violinist and composer.

Conductor of the Croydon Vocal Union, Etc.
Died at Croydon. 1914.
Composer of Church Music, Glees. Organ pieces, Pianoforte pieces, Etc.

Organist of
1862 - 1865
St. Mary's, Leicester, 1866
Parish Church, Croydon, 1868
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John Camidge
1734 - 25th Apr 1803
John Camidge was born about 1734.
He was a Chorister in York Cathedral.
Pupil of
Dr. Greene
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1696 - 1st Dec 1755
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George Frideric Handel,
George Frideric Handel
23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759
German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well-known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos.

Died at York, April 25, 1803. Buried in St. Olave's Churchyard, York.
Composer of Church Music, "Six Easy Lessons for the Harpsichord," Glees, Songs, "The Duke of York's March," Etc.
Organist of
Doncaster Parish Church, 1755
1756 - 1803
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11th Aug 1790 - 21st Sep 1859
John Camidge was the son of Matthew Camidge and grandson of the John Camidge (above).
Born 11th August 1790 at York.
A pupil of his father.
Was Acting-Organist for his father some years before being appointed his successor.
Died September 21st 1859, having latterly been afflicted with paralysis.
Composer of Church Music, Glees, Etc.
The large organ at York, by Hill, was built under his direction, the previous instrument having perished when the Choir of the Minster was destroyed by fire at the hands of a maniac, named Jonathan Martin, in 1829.
Dr. Camidge was first seized with paralysis on November 28, 1848, whilst playing the Evening Service, and never afterwards touched the organ. His duties, from that time until his death, were performed by his son, Thomas Simpson Camidge.
At the farewell Service for the Right Rev. Canon Charles E. Camidge, D.D., after his consecration as Bishop of Bathurst, at York Minster, on October 19, 1887, the music included compositions from five generations of the Camidge family, relatives of the Bishop. Such a circumstance is probably unique in history. The processional hymn was to a tune adapted from a short Anthem by John Camidge, Organist of York Minster, 1756-1803. The Psalms and Canticles were sung to Chants composed by Matthew Camidge, the son of the latter. The Anthem, "Sing unto the Lord," was by Dr. Camidge, son of Matthew Camidge. The Kyrie, Creed, Sanctus, and Gloria were by John Camidge, grandson of Dr. Camidge, and the present Organist of Beverley Minster; and during the Offertory was sung "Be merciful after Thy power," by Thomas S. Camidge, son of Dr. Camidge, his Deputy at the Minster, and father of Mr. J. Camidge, of Beverley.

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It is with deep regret that we have this week to record the demise of John Camidge, Esq., Mug. Doe., at his residence, Gray's. court, Chapter House street, in this city, on Wednesday last, in the 70th year of his age.
The deceased was an eminent theoretical and practical musician, and also a composer of celebrity; his genius being more particularly displayed in sacred music, as exemplified in the numerous anthems, church services, and chants which he produced and published, and which are now sung, not only in the Cathedrals of this country, but also in churches on the continent of Europe, in America, in India, and other parts of the world.
Dr. Camidge held the important appointment of organist at York Cathedral for many years. From his early youth Dr. Camidge played on the Minster organ, rendering valuable assistance to his father, Matthew Camidge, Esq., the organist, and, on the death of his parent, in 1842, he was appointed his successor.
As an organist Dr. Carnidge could not be excelled for brilliancy of execution, and the superior style in which he brought out the tone and power of our Cathedral organ is too well known to need further remark on that head.
The last occasion on which he presided at the organ was on the 28th November, 1850. On that day he was suddenly seized with paralysis, and lost the use of his right band, an affliction which of course prevented him from resuming his duties at the Cathedral. His youngest son, Mr. T. S. Camidge, officiated for him as organist until the spring of this year, Dr. Camidge being allowed a liberal pension from that time.
When Mr. Thos. Camidge left York to fulfil his appointment as organist at Swiuden, Wilts., Dr. John Camidge, his elder brother, ably undertook to fulfil the ditties of organist to York Cathedral until the 1st of May, when Dr. Monk received the appointment. For several months previous to his death Dr. Camidge was very infirm, but he maintained his mental faculties unimpaired to the last.
In private life the deceased was highly esteemed by a numerous circle of friends, He leaves three sons, Mr. Charles Camidge, who is now in America ; Dr. John Camidge, resident professor of music in this city; Mr. Thomas Carnidge, organist of Swinden, Wiltshire ; and one daughter.

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1812 Mus. Bac. - John Camidge, St. Catherine's.
Born in 1790; was a pupil and assistant of his father, Mathew, and grandson of John the elder, both of whom were Organists of York Minster.
He was an excellent organist, and succeeded his father at York Minster in 1842.
He proceeded Doctor of Music in 1819.
He published a volume of Cathedral music, and adapted much classical music to the English service.
After the fire of 1829 he superintended the building of the new organ, which was considered one of the finest in the world.
He died in 1859, after having been paralysed for eleven years.

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Matthew Camidge
1764 - 23rd Oct 1844
Matthew Camidge was born at York, 1764. Son of John Camidge (1734-1893).
Chorister in the Chapel Royal.
Pupil of Nares.
Assistant-Organist to his father at York, and afterwards Organist. Resigned in 1842.
Died October 23, 1844. Buried in St. Olave's Churchyard.
Composer of Church Music, Sonatas, Marches for the Pianoforte, Etc.
Compiler of a Collection of Tunes, set to Sandy's Version of the Psalms, and Author of a "Method of Instruction in Music by Questions and Answers," Etc.
Organist of
1803 - 1842
Matthew Camidge
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William Campion
Organist of
1542 - 1554
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Thomas Capell
Organist of
1744? - 1794
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George Carr
George Carr was possibly the composer of two Anthems—"I have Lifted up." and "Let Thy loving mercy"—by George Carr, mentioned in
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Organist of
1629 - ?
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William Carter
Organist of
1637 - 1644 & 1662 - 1666
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George William Chard
1765 - 1849
George William Chard was born at Winchester, 1765.
Chorister in St. Paul's Cathedral.
Lay Clerk and Assistant-Organist of Winchester Cathedral, 1787.
Also for some years Organist of St. Maurice with St. Mary Kalendar Church, Winchester.
Died at Winchester, May 23, 1849. Buried in the Cloisters of Winchester College Chapel.
Composer of Church Music, Glees, Etc.
An "Offertorio" by him was performed at the Hereford Festival of 1825. Dr. Chard (like Dr. Buck, of Norwich) gained some considerable reputation as a trainer of boys' voices.
There is a story extant that he was very fond of hunting, and frequently neglected his pupils for this pastime, when his wife used to have to invent all sorts of excuses for his non-appearance at lessons.
Organist of
1802 - 1849
1802
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Degrees logo1812. Mus. Doc. - George William Chard, St. Catherine's.
Born about 1765, was appointed Assistant-Organist and Lay Clerk at Winchester Cathedral in 1787, and Organist in 1802.
He became Organist of Winchester College in 1832.
He died in 1849.
His compositions are unimportant.
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J. Charles
Organist of
1662 - 1691
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Thomas Chart
? - 1499
Organist of
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Edred Martin Chaundy
Born at Oxford, 18711 Pupil of Dr.
C. H. Lloyd
Charles Harford Lloyd
16th Oct 1849 - 16th
Oct 1919 and Dr. Plumridge at Oxford.
Composer of Church Music. Organ pieces, Chamber Music, Etc.
Organist of
Christ Church, Streatham Hill; 1893
Parish Church,Enniskillen; 1895
Pershore Abbey, 1898
Holy Trinity, Stroud, 1899;
St. George's, Kidderminster,1901
St. Mark's, Strandtown, 1905
St. George's, Belfast, 1913
The Abbey, Bangor (Ireland),1919
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Griffith James Cheese
2nd May 1751 - 10th Nov 1804
Griffith James Cheese was born May 2nd 1751.
On resigning the appointment at Manchester he became a teacher of music in London.
Died November 10th 1804.
He was blind.
Composer of Church Music Songs, Etc.
Author of a treatise on playing the Organ and Pianoforte, containing useful information to teachers and people born blind.
Organist of
Leominster in 1771
1783 - 1848
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Richard Cherington
In October, 1697, he was ordered to do penance in the Cathedral for quarrelling and fighting with a Lay Clerk.
Organist of
1688 - 1724
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Richard Cherry
Richard Cherry was Deputy organist Armagh Cathedral 1841
Organist of
1843 - 1844
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Simon Child
Organist of
1702 - 1731
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William Child
c1606 - 23rd Mar 1697
William Child was born in Bristol c. 1606
A pupil of Elway Bevin.
Appointed Lay Clerk and Organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, 1632;
During the Civil Wars he devoted himself to Composition, and at the Restoration he was reappointed Organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, and made Private Musician to Charles II., "Chanter of the King's Chapel at Whitehall," retaining his post as one of the Organists. As Senior Gentleman, or "Father" of the Chapel Royal, he walked first in the procession at the Coronation of James II.
The Choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, was re-paved at his expense.
Died March 23, 1697, aged ninety. Buried in the North Choir Aisle of St. George's Chapel.
Composer of Church Music, Catches. Airs, Etc.
His Service in D was a favourite of Charles 1. It is more than usually intricate for music of that period, and was supposed to have been written as a "teaser" for his choir. who had previously ridiculed the simplicity of his music.
Organist of
1632 - 1697
1632 - 1697
William Child
William Child
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Logo, Newspaper article In the Registers of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, occurs the following entry:
Wm. Child, buried in woollen, March 26th, 1697.
EPITAPH ON DR. CHILD, at St. Georges Chapel, Windsor:-
Heare lyes y bodye of Will. Childe, Doctor of Musick, one of y organists of y Chapple Royale at Whitehall, & of His Majesties Free Chapel at Windsor 65 years. He was born in Bristol, and dyed heare y 23rd of March. 1696/7, in y 91st yeare of his age He paved y body of y Quire.

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Edmund Thomas Chipp
25th Dec 1823 -17th Dec 1886
Edmund Thomas Chipp was the son of
Thomas Paul Chipp, Thomas Paul Chipp
23rd May 1793 - 19th June 1870
He was educated in the choir of Westminster Abbey and learnt the piano from Clementi, but in the early part of his life was distinguished as a performer on the harp, for which instrument he wrote several popular pieces.
In 1818 he was engaged by Sir Henry Bishop for the orchestra of Covent Garden Theatre, and in 1826 by Monk Mason for Her Majesty’s Theatre.
For fifty-three years Chipp was a member of all the principal Hendon orchestras.
He played at the coronations of George IV, William IV, and Victoria.
His last appearance in public took place at the Worcester Festival in 1866.
He died at Camden Town on Sunday 19 June 1870, leaving two sons, Edmund Thomas [q. v.], and Horatio, a violoncellist.
He was a member of the London orchestras from 1818 to 1870, and was a well-known figure at the Sacred Harmonic Society's concerts in the centre of the orchestra, with his two great drums before him and a kettle-drum at the side. He was short of stature and had a marvellous way of throwing himself on the drums when he wished to suddenly silence them.

Chorister in the Chapel Royal.
Studied the violin under Nadaud and
Tolbecque,
Auguste Tolbecque
30th Mar 1830 – 8th Mar 1919
French cellist who composed a number of etudes for his instrument.
and entered the Queen's private band in 1844
Violinist in Her Majesty's Private Band and other Orchestras.
Organist of
Albany Chapel, Regent's Park;
Percy Chapel, Tottenham Court Road;
St. Olave's, Southwark;
St. Mary-at-Hill;
Royal Panopticon, Leicester Square;
Holy Trinity, Paddington;
St. George's Church Belfast;
Ulster Hall, Belfast;
Kinnaird Hall, Dundee, 1866;
St. Paul's, Edinburgh, 1866;
1866 - 1886
Edmund Thomas Chipp
Edmund Thomas Chipp
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1859. Mus. Bac. Edmund Thomas Chipp, of St. John's College.
Born in 1823; Son of the famous drummer, T. P. Chipp.
He was educated as a chorister of the Chapel Royal, under W. Hawes. He also studied the violin, and was a member of the Queen's private band, and the orchestras of the Italian Opera and Philharmonic Society.
After holding successively a number of appointments as organist in London, he went to Belfast in 1862, where he also held several appointments as organist.
He proceeded Mus. Doc. in 1861.
In 1866 he went to Scotland, and became successively organist at Dundee and Edinburgh. At the end of 1866 he was appointed Organist of Ely Cathedral, where he remained till his death, which took place at Nice in 1886.
He composed two short "Naomi" and "Job," and some songs, organ and pianoforte music, and services.

Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
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Richard Chomley
In 1675, on December 9, Richard Chomley. the Organist , represented to the Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral that 'by reason of age and other infirmities' he was willing to surrender his place, and to remove to London or elsewhere.
Thereupon it was agreed to pay him the next quartet's wages, to bestow upon him ten pounds towards his expense of removing, and to allow him a pension of twenty-five shillings a year, to be paid quarterly. The salary attached to the office was then forty pounds a year.
Organist of
1669 - 1675
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Richard Church
1699 - Jul 1776
Richard Church was a pupil of
William Hine.
William Hine
1687 - 28th Aug 1730
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Clerk of Magdalen College, 1732 - 1736.
Matriculated at Christ Church,
Resigned the Organistship at Christ Church, (?)March, 1776.
Died July, 1776. Buried, July 23, in the Churchyard of St. Peter's-in-the-East, Oxford.
Organist of

St. Peter's-in-the-East, Oxford.
1732-1776.
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Logo, Newspaper article A.D. 1732, Ap. 2. On Thursday last, Mr. Church was chosen Organist of New College. He is also Organist of St. Peter's-in-the-East, Oxford, in which parish he lives, and bath been Organist of the said St. Peter's ever since the organ was placed there from the theatre..-("Hearne's Diary.")
Richard Clack
- 1779
Richard Clack was Vicar Choral at Hereford Cathedral.
Died 1779. Buried in Hereford Cathedral.
According to "Annals of the Three Choirs" he was Conductor of the Hereford Festivals of 1759 and 1765.
The performance of Handel's "Messiah," conducted by him in the Cathedral, at the Festival of 1759, was probably the first instance of the rendering, in a Cathedral, of a complete Oratorio at these Festivals.
Organist of
1754 - 1779
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Richard Clack was appointed organist on 6 July
Two particular complaints were made regularly against cathedral organists: they did not always attend their duties in the organ loft 'in person' and frequently neglected to instruct the choristers in music, instead, at least during the week, they spent their time in private teaching through which they supplemented their inadequate income. In Hereford for example, on 9 November 1764, the chapter admonished Clack for negligence in teaching the choristers.
Eighteen months later, on 24 March 1766, lie received an instruction: to attend personally divine service every day in the week except Wednesdays and Fridays as his predecessors have done and teach the choristers of the said church three times a week a least. Clack heeded his warnings and on 14 July 1769 'It was also unanimously agreed that Mr Richard Clack organist of this church be elected one of the vicars of the College of vicars founded in the Choir of the said church in the room of Richard Waring, Clerk, late, one of the said Vicars Choral deceased. Clack was duly perpetuated a year later. His membership of the college would have provided a regular income, giving him some freedom from the demands of private teaching.
He remained organist for another ten years, finally attending chapter in person on it November 1779 to hand in his resignation.

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Charles Erlin Jackson Clarke
Dec 1795 - 28th Apr 1844
Charles Erlin Jackson Clarke was born at Worcester, December, 1795.
Chorister in Worcester Cathedral.
Appointed Organist of Durham Cathedral at the early age of sixteen. Resigned that post, 1813, and became Organist of Worcester Cathedral and Conductor of the Worcester Festivals.
Died of paralysis at Worcester. April 28, 1844.
Hackett's" National Psalmist '(1842) contains an Anthem, "May the grace of Christ our Saviour" and a Double Chant in F by him. The words of his Anthem, "Gather yourselves together," are given in Marshall's "Words of Anthems" (1840).
Organist of
1811 - 1813
1813 - 1844
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Jeremiah Clark
c.1669 - 1st Dec 1707
Jeremiah Clarke was the first Organist of the present St. Paul's Cathedral.
Chorister in the Chapel Royal.
Almoner and Master of the Choristers of St. Paul's, 1693;
Vicar Choral of St. Paul's, 1705, having previously (1699) been admitted on probation.
Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 1700; one of the Organists of the same, 1704.
Committed suicide, in consequence of an unsuccessful love affair, by shooting himself, December 1, 1707, at his house in St. Paul's Churchyard. Buried in St Gregory's Vault in the New Crypt of St. Paul's, December 3, 1707.
Composer of Church Music, Lessons for the Harpsichord, Incidental Music to various plays, Etc.
Organist of
1692 - 1695
1695 - 1707
1704 - 1707
Jeremiah Clarke
Jeremiah Clarke
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Edward Murlesse Clarke
1827 - 15th Mar 1887
Edward Murlesse Clarke was born 1827. Inspector of Choral Union, 1863-1882, for the Diocese of Canterbury.
Died at Ringmore, Devon, March 15, 1887.
Organist of
1859 - 1862
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Logo, Newspaper article TO THE EDITOR OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND CONSERVATIVE.
-Sheviocke Parsonage. August 1st, 1951.
Sir, -In your last journal, you noticed the performance of those who sang Madrigals &c., at St. James', with some eulogistic criticism on the party from this place, ascribing what merit you thought We showed, to my exertion, taste and science.
As such credit does not belong to me, allow me to forward whatever acknowledgment we deserve, to the right source, viz:-Mr. Edward Murlesse Clarke, who has bestowed his skill, energy. and perseverance on this accomplishment., in order to civilize those committed to his educational charge and render them morally and artistically, more fit for their higher musical effort in the subject of sacred harmony.
My debt to Mr. Clarke, (formerly pupil to Professor Corner, of Taunton, and finished by Turle, of Westminster Abbey), for his disinterested exertions, on a salary. Which he may consider rather as the extent of my means, than an equivalent for his desert., obliges me to trouble you with this explanation; for the insertion of which, if you would kindly find a corner, I will thank you, as you will relieve from a load, even heavier than
"borrowed feather,."
I am, Sir,
Yours, very faithfully,
John Somers Cocks
This clever young musician is the son of our respected townsman Mr. J. Clark, sadler.
We have much pleasure in giving insertion to the above, reflecting no less credit on the youthful vocal professor, than it does On the worthy Rector, Mr. Cocks, for his modest and amiable disclaimer on the occasion.]-Ed. T. C.

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James Hamilton Siree Clarke
25th Jan 1840 - 9th Jul 1912
James Hamilton Siree Clarke was born at Birmingham, January 25th 1840.
Appointed Conductor of the Victorian National Orchestra, Australia, 1889-1891.
For some time Director of the music at several of the London Theatres.
Died July 9, 1912.
Composer of Church Music, Cantatas, Operettas, Incidental Music to various Plays, two Symphonies, and other music for Orchestra, Chamber Music, Organ pieces, Pianoforte pieces, Part-songs, Songs, Etc. Author of "A Manual of Orchestration. "
Organist of
Parsonstown Parish Church, 1862;
Zion Church, Rathgar, Dublin, 1863;
Carnmony Church, 1864;
1865 - 1866
Queen's College, Oxford, 1866;
Kensington Parish Church, 1871;
St. Peter's, South Kensington, 1872.
Hamilton Clarke
Hamilton Clarke
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John Gray Clarke
1971 -
John Gray Clarke was a student of the Royal College of Music.
Scholar of St. John's College, Oxford. Music Master of St. Columba's, Rathfarnham Resigned, and went to London, 1911.
Composer of Church Music. Etc.
Organist of
All Saints' School, Bloxham, 1896
Warwick School, 1901
St. Mary-le-Bow, London, 1908
St. Georges, Cannes, France, 19o8.
1909 - 1911
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John Clarke (Whitfeld)
13th Dec 1770 - 22nd Feb 1832
Originally John Clarke, but on the death of his maternal uncle, Henry Fotherley Whitfeld, (18th Sep 1813) he adopted his name.
Born at Gloucester, December 13, 1770.
Pupil of Dr. P. Hayes, at Oxford.
Master of the Choristers of Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, Dublin, 1793 ;
University Professor of Music, Cambridge, 1821.
Retired from the post at Hereford, 1832.
Died at Holmer, near Hereford, February 22, 1836.
Buried in the East Walk of the Bishop's Cloister, Hereford Cathedral.
Composer of an Oratorio. "The Crucifixion and Resurrection," Church Music, Glees, Songs. Etc.
Organist of
Parish Church. Ludlow, 1739;
Armagh Cathedral, 1794;
1799
1799
1820 - 1832
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1793. Mus. Bac.—John Clarke, afterwards Clarke-Whitfeld.
He was born in 1770, and educated at Oxford under Dr. Philip Hayes. He was appointed Organist of Armagh Cathedral in 1794, having been in the previous year appointed Master of the Choristers of St. Patrick's and Christ Church, Dublin.
He graduated as Doctor of Music at Dublin in 1795.
In 1798, being driven out of Dublin by the Rebellion, he became Organist of Trinity and St. John's Colleges, Cambridge. In 1799 he took the Degree of Doctor of Music at Cambridge, and in 1810 incorporated at Oxford.
In 1820 he was appointed Organist of Hereford Cathedral, and in 1821 Professor of Music at Cambridge.
He died in 1836, and was buried at Hereford Cathedral.
His compositions consist of "The Resurrection," an Oratorio, glees, songs, Etc., and Cathedral services and anthems. He also edited a collection of thirty Anthems, and arranged several of Handel's Oratorios for voices and pianoforte.

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John Clausy
The Sub-Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral ordered that John Clausy should have the Office of instructing and teaching the Choristers, "et Tabellarios ad cantandain et discantandam et singula alia facienda quae ad hujus modi officiurn pertinent."
He was also to play the Organ in the Great Choir as well as in the Lady Chapel behind the High Altar "temporibus congruis," as Richard Hygons had done.
His payment:-
(a) Four marcs from two vacant stalls.
(b) All the annual fines and perquisites which would belong to a vicar, not perpetuated, during the lifetime of Richard Hygons.
(c) A house of the annual value of
26/8.= £1.34

(d) The payment of a deputy for Richard Hygons as before,
40/- = £2
ann., with power to appoint a fit deputy, should he become ill or too old.
Organist of
1508 - 1509
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Robert Claxton
- 1668
In the Ely Cathedral books called "Lay Clerke." In another list, one of "other instructors in music, and on the viols occasionally."
The organ at Ely was silenced in 1644, and Claxton's occupation as Organist must then have ceased for some years. He is said, however, to have been "displaced." 1662.

Organist of
1641 - 1662
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Logo, Newspaper article ROBERT CLAXTON (d. 1668).
Before becoming master of the choristers and organist Claxton had been a lay clerk from 1624, and from 1636 he also taught the choristers to play the viols.
His term of office was interrupted by the abolition of the Book of Common Prayer and of cathedral bodies by the Long Parliament; but he remained in occupation of his house, and lived to resume his cathedral work after the Restoration of Charles II in 1660.
He retired, probably on account of ill-health, at Christmas 1662.
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William Claxton
1853-1933
William Claxton took Holy Orders and became Curate of Hartley Wintney, 1887; curate of Woolston, Hants, 1893; and Vicar of Navestock, Essex, 1897.
Composer of Church Music, Part-songs, Songs. Etc.
Organist of
1877 - 1886
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John Clerk
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Organist of
1588 -
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William Cobbold
5th Jan 1599(60) - 7th Nov 1639
William Cobbold was born at Norwich, January 5, 1559/60
In 1599 he appears in the Norwich Cathedral records as William Cobbald, Organist, his salary being "as in previous years."
In 1600-3 the name is spelt Cobold; in 1604-5, Cobhold; and in 1606-8, Cobbold.
From 1608 he became a Singing-man in the Cathedral, the post of Organist being transferred to William lnglott.
William Cobbold died at Beccles, November 7, 1639, and was buried in the Parish Church there.
Composer of Anthems, Madrigals, Etc. Contributor to Este's "Whole Booke of Psalms," also to "Triumphs of Oriana." A Madrigal by him in the latter, entitled "With Wreaths of Rose and Laurel," is eulogised by Burney (" History of Music "). It has been published in 8-vol form by Messrs. Novello.
In his Will occurs the following bequest-" to the Canons, Singing-men and Queristers of the Cathedral of Christ Church within the quere, 20s." He also leaves money to the poor in the parishes of the Close, St. Andrew, St. John de Timberhill, and St. George's, Tombland.
Organist of
1598 - 1608
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Logo, Newspaper article Inscription to Cobbold, upon a stone at the East end of the South Aisle of the Parish Church, Beccles :-
Here lyeth the body of William Cobbold,
sometimes Organist of Christ Church,
in Norwich,
who died the 7th November, 1639.
The body rest below
But the soule above
Sing heavenly anthems
Made of peace and love.
Arthur Cocke
- 24th Jan 1604
Arthur Cocke supplicated for his degree in 1593, and was mentioned in this connection as Organist of Exeter Cathedral.
In 1601 became Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, and Organist without pay "until an Organist's place an Organist's place shall become void.". He replaced George Waterhouse in 1602.
Some of his compositions are to be found in the Music School, Oxford.
Organist of
1584 - 1590
1591 - 1601
1601 - 1605
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Organist of Exeter Cathedral.
Supplicated February 25, 1593-4, and his grace was granted.
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Daniel John Drew Codner
1852 - 1913
Retired through ill health 1896. (Poor eyesight)
Mr D. John D. Codner, Mus. Bac., will be retiring from the post of organist of St David's Cathedral in or about the month of May next, having been advised to take this step, after more than 25 years of musical work, in order to relieve, at least for a time, the strain to the sight which a routine of such duties has involved.

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Saturday 14 March 1896

Composer of Church Music
In 1902 was sentenced to ten years' penal servitude. See article.
Organist of
St. Brides, Fleet Street. E.C.
1894 - 1896
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Philip Cogan
1749 - 1806
Philip Cogan was born in Cork, 1749. He was a chorister, and afterwards Lay Clerk in Cork Cathedral.
Composer of a Concerto for pianoforte, Sonatas, Etc. He is said to have been a clever extemporist on Irish Melodies.
Organist of
St. John's Dublin 1778
1780 - 1806
Langdon Colborne
15th Sep 1835 - 16th Sep 1889
Langdon Colborne was born at Hackney, September 15, 1835.
A pupil of George Cooper.
succeeding J. Townshend Smith at Hereford in 1877.
Conductor of the Hereford Festivals.
There is a stained glass window to his memory in Hereford Cathedral.
Composer of an Oratorio, "Samuel," Church Music, Part-songs, Songs, Etc.
Organist of
St. Michael's College, Tenbury, 1860
Beverley Minster, 1874
Wigan Parish Church, 1875
Dorking Parish Church, 1877
1877 - 1889
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Dr. Langdon Colborne, organist at Hereford Cathedral, died suddenly at his residence yesterday morning. He took cold at the Gloucester Festival which resulted in an attack of diabetes, to which he was subject. No danger was anticipated, but blood poisoning caused death. Dr. Colborne was born in 1837, and succeeded Mr. Townsend Smith as organist. Who also died suddenly in 1877
Dr. Colborne married only five months ago.
His chief work was the cantata "Samuel"


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The death of Dr. Langdon Colborne, organist of Hereford Cathedral took place on Monday morning, the news coming as a great surprise to a large number of his friends He was in attendance at the Musical Festival two weeks ago and apparently to his usual health. Here, however, he caught a severe cold, and though death is not directly attributed to this, it resulted from a disease from which he has suffered for some time, which was greatly intensified as a result of the chill. The deceased gentleman was born on the 15th of September, 1835 and thus expired directly after he had completed his 54th year. As far as is known none of his relatives partook themselves to music as a profession, but the bent of the lad. who afterwards became a Doctor of Music was easily discerned.
His early training was received under Mr. George Cooper, of St. Paul's Cathedral, and he also attended the Royal Academy of Music. On the appointment of Dr. Stainer to Magdalen College, Oxford Mr. Colborne succeeded him as organist at St. Michael's College, Tenbury. the institution founded and maintained by Sir Frederick A. Gore Ouseley. He occupied this position for seventeen years, and on leaving there he went for a short time to Beverly Minster and thence to Wigan parish church.
At the death of Dr. Townsend Smith in 1877 he was appointed to the position of organist at Hereford Cathedral, and ex-officio conductor of the Triennial Festival. It is rather a Singular coincidence that his predecessor, Mr. Townsend Smith, died suddenly after returning from Gloucester, whither he had been to attend a rehearsal of some of the festival music. Dr. Colborne entered on his duties at Hereford about the 23rd September. 1877, and, therefore had held the position for 12 years within a few days. The deceased, was a private man, was of a very retiring disposition, and it is said, often shrank from the publicity which the publication of his works entailed. He composed several Church services and anthems, and at the last Hereford Festival produced a short cantata entitled "Samuel".
He was married on April 30 of the present year, and his death comes as a severe blow to his wife, who was a Miss Marion Taylor daughter of the late Mr. W. Taylor, of Tenbury.

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Mus. Bac. Langdon Colborne, Trin. Coil.
Born in 1837.
Was elected Organist of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, in 1860. In 1874 he became Organist of Beverley Minster, and in 1877 of Hereford Cathedral.
He graduated Mus. Doe., Lambeth, in 1883.
His compositions consist of church music, part-songs, and songs.
Died 1889.
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John Colden
- 1581
John Colden was a Lay Clerk at Worcester Cathedral.
His will was proved in 1581
Organist of
1569 - 1581
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Theodore Coleby
Exeter Cathedral, Chapter Act, March 25, 1605. "Imprimis, they appoint Mr. Colby to be Organist of St. Peter's Church and Quire, and did allow him a salary for his paynes of fifty pounds per annum, and ordered a house to bee provided for him.""
May 26, 1667. "Item, they decreed that the Organists place be confirmed upon Mr. Colby for the term of his natural life.... and that the said Mr. Colby shall have and receive yearly for his salary the sum of sixty pounds."
A.D. 1667, Sept. 20. Admitted and sworn in the Colledge Hall, by the Custos, as Lay Vicar of the said Colledge, Theodore Colby" (Registers of the College of Vicar; Exeter).
In spite of these increasing emoluments Coleby appears to have experienced money difficulties, for in 1658 two sums-£47 16s. 6d. and £30—were ordered to be lent to him "for and toward the supplying of his present necessities."
Absence from duty without leave could hardly be described as a fitting return to the Dean and Chapter for their interest in his welfare, and on Aug. 8, 1674.
Upon Mr. Colby's absenting himself, they pronounced the Organists place of this Church to be void. and that Mr. Henry Hall should be admitted into the said Organist's place.
At the same time they ordered that thirtie pounds be given for the use of Mr. Colbie's children.
Wood (Fasti) describes Coleby - as "a German."
Organist of
1661 - 1664
1665 - 1674
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Richard Henry Pinwill Coleman
3rd Apr 1888 - 17th Feb 1965
Richard Henry Pinwill Coleman was born at Dartmouth, April 3, 1888.
Chorister in St. George's Church, Ramsgate, and in Denstone College, where he was educated.
Articled pupil of Sydney H. Nicholson, M.A., Mus. B., at Carlisle and Manchester Cathedrals.
Sub Organist of Manchester Cathedral
Compositions include an Evening Service in D, pianoforte pieces, and Folk-Song arrangements.
Organist of
St. Stephen's, Carlisle.
Blackburn Parish Church.
Londonderry Cathedral.
Heritage Schools of Arts and Crafts, Chailey, Sussex.
1921 -
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Dr. Henry Coleman, organist of Peterborough Cathedral, who has asked by the Dean and Chapter not to take any further part in the services while the matter of his second marriage is under consideration, was at one time a chorister at St. George’s Church, Ramsgate. His first marriage was dissolved about five years ago and married again on 10th October.

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Friends of Dr. Henry Coleman, of Peterborough, showed their appreciation of his services to the musical life of the city at an in formal ceremony at the Mayor’s Parlour, Peterborough, where the Mayor (Alderman H. J. Farrow), on behalf of over 110 subscribers presented Dr. and Mrs. Coleman with an electric standard lamp and a cheque for £4O on the occasion of their recent marriage. Among the apologies for absence was one from the Rev. E. S. O’Reilly, vicar of Longthorpe, who wrote that his weekly Service of Intercession prevented his attendance. He wished Dr. Coleman and his charming wife every happiness in their wedded life— "he deserves the best, and I hope and pray that he may have it." Dr. Coleman’s recent marriage at Peterborough Register Office was followed by a nuptial mass at Longthorpe Church. Dr. Coleman, who was suspended two months ago as Peterborough Cathedral organist, following his re-marriage at register office, has placed the matter in the hands of his legal advisers. Dr. Coleman is still receiving his salary. An assistant organist is taking his place at the Cathedral

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Friday 11 December 1942
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Simon Coleman
Simon Coleman Was expelled from New College, Oxford, together with some Chaplains and Fellows in 1646
Organist of
1646
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Thomas Henry Collinson
24th Apr 1858 - 17th Feb 1928
Thomas Henry Collinson was born at Alnwick, April 24, 1858.
A pupil of Dr. Armes, and Assistant-Organist at Durham Cathedral. Lecturer in Church Music to the Episcopal Theological College, 1880.
Conductor of Edinburgh Choral Union, 1883.
Composer of Anthems. Etc.
Organist of
St, Oswald's. Durham, 1876
1878 - 1928
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Thomas Henry Collinson
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Thomas Henry Collinson, youngest son of Mr Thomas Collinson, of this town, has passed his final examination for the degree of Mus. Bac. at Oxford.
T. H Collinson is pupil of Armes, of Durham Cathedral, and is organist of St. Oswald's Church, Durham, and deputy organist at that Cathedral.

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Saturday 27 October 1877
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George Commbes
1769
Organist of
1756 - 59 & 65 - 69
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Edgar Thomas Cook
18th Mar 1880 - 1953
Edgar Thomas Cook was born at Worcester, March 18, 1880.
A pupil of Dr. Hugh Blair and Sir Ivor Atkins.
Assistant-Organist of Worcester Cathedral, 1902.
Conductor of Malvern Madrigal Society, 1903.
Musical Director of the Southwark Plainsong Association.
President of the London Society of Organists, 1921.
Composer of Church Music. Lecturer on musical subjects, Etc.
The Special Musical Services organized from time to time by Mr. Cook, at which can be heard some of the finest examples of English Sacred Music, are an interesting feature to musical people both south and north of the Thames.
Organist of
St. Oswald's, Worcester, 1893;
St. Leonards,Newland, 1897;
1909 -
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Benjamin Cooke
1734 - 1793
Benjamin Cooke was born in London, 1734.
He was the son of Benjamin Cooke, a music seller in New Street, Covent Garden.
A pupil of
Dr. Pepusch. Dr. Pepusch
Johann Christoph Pepusch
1667 – 20 July 1752
German-born composer who spent most of his working life in England

Appointed Deputy Organist to John Robinson at Westminster Abbey at the age of twelve.
Conductor of Academy of Ancient Music, 1752.
Lay Vicar of Westminster Abbey, 1758;
Master of the Choristers, 1759;
Died at Dorset Court, Cannon Row, Westminster, September 14, 1793.
Buried in the West Cloister Westminster Abbey.
Composer of Church Music, Organ pieces, Glees, Etc.
His Evening Service in D was composed for the re-opening of the Abbey Organ after the addition of the Pedal Organ by Avery).
There is a tablet to his memory on the wall of the West Cloister of Westminster Abbey, on which is engraved his fine Canon, three in one by augmentation, which he intended to be sung as an appendix to Bird's " Non nobis."
Organist of
1762 - 1793
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 1782.
Benjamin Cooke Benjamin Cooke
Benjamin Cooke
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Born in 1734; was trained under Dr. Pcpusch.
At twelve years old he was appointed Deputy to Robinson, Organist of Westminster Abbey.
In 1752 he succeeded Pepusch as Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, and, in 1762, Robinson as Organist of Westminster Abbey. His degree exercise was an anthem, "Behold now how good and joyful," which had been written for the installation of the Duke of York as a Knight of the Bath.
In 1782 he was created Doctor in Music, at Oxford, honoris causá, and in the same year competed successfully with Burney for the post of Organist of St. Martin's-in-the- Fields. He was a member of the "Graduates' Meeting" C1ub.
He died in 1793, and was buried in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.
The Library of the Royal College of Music contains MSS. of a large number of his compositions, many of which were written for the Academy of Ancient Music.
Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
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Robert Cooke
1768 - 22nd Aug 1814
Robert Cooke was born 1768.
Son and pupil of Dr. Benjamin Cooke.
Master of the Choristers, 1806.
Committed suicide, owing to a love affair, by drowning himself in the Thames, August 22, 1814.
Buried in the same grave as his father in the West Cloister.
Composer of Church Music.
Organist of
St. Mattin.in-the-Fields (in succession to his father', 1793.

1802 - 1814
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Alexander Samuel Cooper
30th Apr 1835 - 1900
Alexander Samuel Cooper was born in London, April 30, 1835.
Died 1900.
Composer of Church Music, Part-songs, Songs, Etc.
Editor of "Parochial Psalter" and "Parochial Chant Book."
Organist of
1857 - 1859
St. John's, Putney
St. Paul's, Covent Garden
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George Cooper (Jr)
7th Jul 1820 - 2nd Oct 1876
George Cooper was born in London, July 7, 1820
The Son of George Cooper (Snr.).
Assistant Organist St. Paul's Cathedral. 1843 - 1876
Died in London, October 2, 1876.
Buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.
Composer of Part. songs, Songs, Psalm Tunes, Chants, Etc.
Compiler of "The Organist's Assistant" and "The Organist's Manual."
Organist of
St. Benet's, Paul's Wharf, 1833;
St. Anne and St. Agnes', 1836;
St, Sepulchre's, Holborn, 1843;
Christ's Hospital, 1845;
1856 - 1876
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George Cooper (snr)
Assistant-Organist of St. Paul's
Organist of
St. Sepulchre's, Holborn.
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James Cooper
? - 26th Jan 1721
Organist of
- 1721
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J. S. Cooper
Organist of
1903 - 1906
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Arthur Thomas Corfe
9th Apr 1773 - 28th Jan 1863
Arthur Thomas Corfe, son of Joseph Corfe, was born at Salisbury, April 9, 1773.
Chorister in Westminster Abbey.
Pupil of Dr. Cooke and Clementi.
Succeeded his father at Salisbury.
Died suddenly whilst kneeling in prayer at his bedside, January 28, 1863.
Buried in the Cathedral Cloisters.
Composer of Church Music, Pianoforte pieces, Etc.
Author of a book on Harmony and Thorough Bass.
Organist of
1804 - 1863
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Charles William Dorfe
13th Jul 1814 - 16th Dec 1883
Charles William Dorfe was born 13th July 1814 at Salisbury.
Pupil of his father. (A. T. Corfe, Organist of Salisbury.)
Conductor of the University Motet and Madrigal Society, 1848.
University Choragus, 1850.
Died at Oxford, December 16, 1883.
Composer of Church Music, Glees, Etc
A stained glass window, designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, was presented to the Cathedral by Dr. C. W. Corfe.
Organist of
1846 - 1882
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Sir John Stainer used to tell the following story concerning Mr, C. W. Cork. It formed one of his reminiscences of Sir Frederick Ouseley while the latter was an undergraduate at Christ Church
Being a musician of the old type. Dr. Corfe rarely changed his stops during the Psalms Ouseley and his young friends got so accustomed to one particular quality of tone that they named it the Corfe-mixture. Ouseley knew that Dr. Cork always, at the close of one Service, prepared his stops for the giving out of the chant at the next moreover, Dr. Corfe was fond of long walks, and made a point of rushing into the organ loft just in time to place his hands on the keys.
This offered a temptation to the undergraduates which was irresistible. Watching Cone safely out of the Cathedral one morning. Ouseley put in all the pre-arranged stops, and then drew on each manual the most horrible and startling combination he could think of.
When evening service commenced, Ouseley and his friends stood behind a pillar to hear the effect. Sure enough. just as the Psalms approached, Dr. Corfe hurried in and placed his hands on the keys. Everybody in the church gave a start, except Dr. Corfe himself, who placidly held down the chord while he, one by one, put in the objectionable registers, and gradually drawing his usual stops, once more reverted to the inevitable Corfe-mixture
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John Davis Corfe
- 1876
John Davis Corfe was the son of A. T. Corfe, Organist of Salisbury, and brother of Dr. C. W. Corfe, Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
Succeeded John Wasbrough as Organist of Bristol Cathedral, 1825.
First Conductor of the Bristol Madrigal Society, 1837-1865.
Died 1876. A memorial window to him was placed in the Cathedral by public subscription, October, 1877.
Organist of
1825 - 1876
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Joseph Corfe
Joseph Corfe was born 1740 at Salisbury.
Chorister in Salisbury Cathedral.
Pupil of John Stephens
Succeeded R. Parry at Salisbury, 1792.
Resigned his position at Salisbury Cathedral in favour of his son, A. T. Corfe, 1804.
Died July 29, 1820.
Buried in the North-West Transept of Salisbury Cathedral.
Composer of Church Music, Glees, Etc.
Author of a treatise on Singing, Etc.
Organist of
1792 - 1804
1783
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Robert Corfe
Organist of
1721 - 1725 (vicar choral)
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Robert Cotterell
Organist of
1585 - 1590
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Humphrey Cotton
? - 19th Sep 1749
Elected a Freeman of the City of Norwich 25th August 1722
Buried in the South Transept of Norwich Cathedral.
Organist of
St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich 1717 - 1720
1721 - 1749
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Miles Coyle
Conductor of the Hereford Festivals 1780 - 1804
Composer of "Six Lessons for the Harpsichord"
Organist of
St Laurence's Church, Ludlow.
1789 - 1805
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William Creser
1844 - 13th March 1933
William Creser was born 1844 at York.
Chorister in York Cathedral. Pupil of
G. A. Macfarren,
George Alexander Macfarren
2nd Mar 1813 – 31st Oct 1887
English composer and musicologist.
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Joseph Barnby
12th Aug 1838 - 28th Jan 1896

Retired, 1902.
Conductor of the Western Madrigal Society, 1806.
Composer of an Oratorio—"Micaiah," an Operetta—"Naxine," Cantatas, Church Music, Orchestral Music, Organ pieces, Chamber Music, Etc.
As an examiner for the Trinity College of Music he travelled the British Empire.
Organist of
Holy Trinity, Micklegate, York; 1859 - 1875
St. Paul's, York;
St. Andrew's, Grinton;
St. Martin's, Scarborough, 1875;
Leeds Parish Church, 1881
1891 - 1901
William Creser William Creser
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William Croft
1677 - 4th Aug 1727
William Croftwas born at Nether Eatington, 1677.
Chorister in the Chapel Royal and pupil of
Dr. Blow.
John Blow
1649 - 1st Oct 1708
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Master of the Chapel Royal Children and Composer to the Chapel Royal (in succession to Blow), 1708.
Tuner of the Regals, Etc., 1716.
Died at Bath, August 14, 1727.
Buried in the North Aisle of the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
Composer of Church - Music, Songs, Sonatas, Instrumental Act Music, Etc.
Organist of
St. Anne's, Westminster (Soho), 1700-1711.
Joint-Organist of the Chapel Royal with Jeremiah Clark, 1704.
1708 - 1727
1704 - 1727
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His monument hears; Latin inscription, of which the following is a translation, taken from Dr. W. A. Barrett's "English Church Composers": Near to this place lies interred William Croft, Doctor in Music, Organist of the Royal Chapel and of this Collegiate Church.
His harmony he derived from that excellent artist in modulation, who lies on the other side of him. In his celebrated works, which for the most part he consecrated to God, he made a diligent progress; nor was it by the solemnity of the numbers alone, but by the force of his ingenuity and the sweetness of his manners, and even his countenance, that he excellently recommended them.
Having resided among mortals for fifty years, behaving with the utmost candour 'not more conspicuous for any other office of humanity than a friendship and love truly paternal to all whom he had instructed, he departed to the heavenly choir on the fourteenth day of August, 1727, that, being near, he might add his own Hallelujah to the Concert of Angels. 'Awake up my glory, awake lute and harp, I myself will awake right early ! '

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William Cross
1777 - 20th Jun 1825
William Cross was born 1777 at Oxford
Died June 20, 1825.
Composer of Church Music.
His familiar Chant in C minor was composed for the funeral of the Rev. Dr. White, Canon of Christ Church.
The Rev. W. H. Havergat remarked of Cross that he was "a good organist, but no musician," a criticism which is justified on reference to the (undated) Collection of Chants compiled by him during his organistship, and also to his edition of Dr. W. Hayes's "Psalms."
Organist of
St. Martin's, Oxford;
1807 - 1825
1807 - 1825
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William Crotch
5th Jul 1775 - 29th Dec 1847
William Crotch was the son of a carpenter.
He was Born 5th July 1775 in Green Lane, Parish of St. George's, Colegate, Norwich.
He showed unusual musical capabilities at a very early age.
A pupil of Dr. Randall at Cambridge. Succeeded P. Hayes as University Professor of Music, 1797.
Afterwards settled in London as a teacher, and became the first Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, 1823.
Resigned 1831.
Died December 29, 1847.
Buried at Bishop's Hull, near Taunton.
Composer of Oratorios, "Palestine" and "Captivity of Judah" (two with the latter title), an Ode, Church music, Glees, Organ pieces, Etc.
Author of "
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Organist of
1790 - 1807?
1797 - 1807
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Edwin John Crow
17th Sep 1841 - 6th Dec 1908
Edwin John Crow was born September 17, 1841 at Sittingbourne.
A Chorister in Rochester Cathedral,and pupil of Dr. J. L. Hopkins and Mr. John Hopkins.
Afterwards studied under
G. A. Lôhr, George Augustus Löhr
20 April 1821 - 20 August 1897
Organist and composer based in England.
at Leicester.
Conductor of the Ripon Cathedral Festival Choir and of Ripon Orchestral Society.
Music Master of Ripon Grammar School.
Died at Harrogate, December 6. 1908.
Composer of a Harvest Cantata, Services, Anthems, Organ pieces, Pianoforte pieces, Songs, Etc.
Organist of
Trinity Church, Leicester.
St. Andrew's Church, Leicester.
St. John's Church, Leicester.
1873 - 1902
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Frederick Joseph William Crowe
1862 - 9th Apr 1931
Frederick Joseph William Crowe was born December 3, 1862 at Weston-super-Mare.
Chorister of Wells Cathedral and afterwards Assistant-Organist to C. W.
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Feb 1819 - 27th Oct 1895
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Studied singing under
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22 Jan 1876 – 3 Aug 1959
Italian operatic tenor and later professor of singing.
in Milan.
For some years special correspondent to the Western Musical News.
Founder and Conductor of the Chichester Cathedral Oratorio Society, the Chichester Orchestral Society, Etc.
Captain (late R.E. Vol.) in command of the local National Reserve.
Author of a series of articles on Cathedral Organists in The Musical Courier, musical editor, Etc.
He was a committed Freemason, publishing books on Freemasonry.
Died while travelling by train to Bournemouth, where he had hoped to improve his health.
Organist of
Ashburton Parish Church, 1882;
St. Mary Magdalene, Torquay, 1890:
1902 - 1921
Retired, owing to ill-health, in 1921.
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Arnold Duncan Culley
9th Mar 1867 - 1947
Arnold Duncan Culley was born March 9, 1867.
Studied at the Royal College of Music.
Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1891.
Curate of Chapel Royal, Brighton, 1894.
Deputy Priest-Vicar of Exeter Cathedral, 1897.
Sub-Organist of Exeter Cathedral, 1900.
Minor Canon and Precentor of Durham Cathedral, 1906.
Master of the Choristers Durham Cathedral, 1907.
Conductor of the Durham Musical Society.
Composer of Church Music, Part-songs, Songs, Etc.
Organist of
St. Peter's, Hammersmith, 1884;
Christ Church, Surbiton, 1889.
1907 -
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The Rev. Arnold Duncan Culley, A.R.C.M., Precentor and organist at Durham Cathedral, has accepted from Viscount Boyne, the benefice of Burwarton with Cleobury, North Shropshire.
His departure will leave big gap in the musical life of the county, and the Dean of Durham, Dr. J. E. C. Welldon, in paying a tribute to Mr. Culley last night, said Mr. Culley would be greatly missed by his colleagues, pupils and friends Durham.
Mr. Culley had been associated with the Cathedral for more than quarter of a century. He had always set before himself a high standard of musical proficiency, and it had been his wish, and the wish had been gratified, that the lay clerks should be a body of men highly respected in the city of Durham.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
Tuesday 06 September 1932
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