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
Lichfield Cathedral
, 1750
Sutton Cold-field Parish Church, 1761-1786
St. Editha's,Wikipedia page
Tamworth, 1766-1790
And was also Private Organist to the
Earl of Donegal. Wikipedia page
John Alcock
John Alcock

John Alcock
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John Alcock
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John Alcock
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Dictionary of National Biography
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
Salisbury Cathedral
,1916
Assistant. Organist of
Westminster Abbey,Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
1896-1916.
Walter Galpin Alcock
Walter Galpin Alcock

Walter Galpin Alcock
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Walter Galpin Alcock
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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
Shorne Church The Shorne Church web site
(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.

Alfred Alexander
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Alfred Alexander
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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

William Thomas Howell Allchin
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William Thomas Howell Allchin
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William Thomas Howell Allchin
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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
St Saviour's, History of the church
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

Hugh Percy Allen
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Hugh Percy Allen
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Hugh Percy Allen
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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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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

Thomas Allinson
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Thomas Allinson
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Thomas Allinson
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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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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

John Amott
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John Amott
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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

William Amps
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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 ?)

Alfred Angel
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Alfred Angel
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Alfred Angel
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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

Biographical Dictionary of the Organ

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.

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 21 November 1924. Image © Johnston Press plc.
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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
St Andrew's Church, Click for more information on the organ
Wells Street, London -1857
Holy Trinity Church, Gravesend - 1854
Philip Armes
Philip Armes

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Obituary
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
St. Mary's Torquay Click for more information on the organ
1856
1860
1865 - 1902

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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
Samuel Arnold

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Music In Wales
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

Thomas Ashwell
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Thomas Ashwell
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Thomas Ashwell
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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
Ivor Algernon Atkins

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

Robert Augustus Atkins
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Robert Augustus Atkins
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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
St. Mary's Parish Church,Organ specification
Lewisham 1886 - 1895
Frederick Cook Atkinson
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Frederick Cook Atkinson
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Frederick Cook Atkinson
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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
Thomas Attwood
Thomas Attwood

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Thomas Attwood
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Thomas Attwood
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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

Richard Ayleward
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Richard Ayleward
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Richard Ayleward
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Theodore Aylward
1730 - 27th Feb 1801
Dr. Theodore Aylward was born 1730 Private organist to
Queen Charlotte.Wikipediea page

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

Theodore Aylward
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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

Chichester Observer - Wednesday 28 March 1900
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Theodore Aylward
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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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A FORMER CATHEDRAL ORGANIST
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.

West Sussex Gazette - Thursday 09 February 1933
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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
Dr. Edmund Ayrton

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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

Ayrton, William Francis Morell 1778-1850, singer, organist.
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.

Organist of
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
Edward Cuthbert Bairstow

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Edmund Baker
- 1765
Edmund Baker was a pupil of Dr. Blow.
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
St. Chads Shrewsbury >1716 - 1727
1727 - 1764

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Ralph Banks
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.

Editor John E. West note
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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1790 1841
*St. John's Chatham
ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL.
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.

Chatham News - Saturday 28 November 1891
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George Barcrofte
1550 - 1610
George Barcrofte matriculated as a
sizar an undergraduate who receives some form of assistance such as meals, lower fees or lodging during his or her period of study, in some cases in return for doing a defined job.
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.

Organist of
Mitcham Parish Church
St. Michael's Greenhithe
St. James the Less, Westminster
St. Andrews, Wells Street, Ldn 1863
1875 - 1892
Joseph Barnby
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LOSS THE MUSICAL WORLD
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.

Western Times - Wednesday 29 January 1896
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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.

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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
, 1886.
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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

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.

Knaresborough Post - Saturday 29 January 1881
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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."

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

Organist of Winchester Cathedral
1615 - 1630

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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.

Organist of
c.1624 - 1637

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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
St John's Church, Paddington Llandaff Cathedral
1894 - c.1936

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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

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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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Beckwyth
Sir Beckwyth was paid 26s 8d (£1.34) for playing the organ at Sailsbury Cathedral for a whole year 1558 - 1559

Organist of
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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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Funeral of Mr. Thomas Bedsmore
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.

Tamworth Herald - Saturday 18 June 1881
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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
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John Benbow
John Benbow was one of the Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal until 1592
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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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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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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.

Organist of
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 , and others.
Afterwards studied abroad (through the kindness of Messrs. Novello) under and .
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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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.

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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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Died, March 21, suddenly, Chichester
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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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.

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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.

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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.}

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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.
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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.

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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 Macfarren 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.

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1895 - 1897
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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.

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1585 - 1591

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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.
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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, 1668 - 1679
1676 - 1698
, 1695 - 1708
John Blow organist
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Roper Blundell
Organist at
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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

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John Henry Bond

Organist of
Portsmouth Dockyard Chapel - 1823
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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

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Queen Street Chapel, Sheffield
Wortley Church and St. Philip's, Sheffield (double appointment).
1858 - 1880
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Richard Booth

Organist of
1679 - 1682
Robert Bowers
? - 1704

Organist of
1699 - 1704
John Bowman

Organist of
1709 - 1730.
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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.
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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1522 - 1540
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

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Before 1670
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John Brimley
1502 - 1576

Organist of
1557 - 1576

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Richard Brind
- 1718
Richard Brind was a chorister at St Pauls
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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
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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".
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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.
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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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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

An organ scholar at Exeter College, Oxford.
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
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Richard Brown

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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William Browne

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
Bryan's petition appears to have been of no avail, for his name does not occur in the Cheque Book of the Chapel Royal as Organist.
Joshua N. Bryant
4th Jun 1864 - 1927
Joshua N. Bryant was born 4th June 1864.
He was a pupil of
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Sir Robert Stewart
16th Dec 1825 - 24th Mar 1894

He became organist and choirmaster to the countess of Caven.
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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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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.

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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

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
Gresham Professor (He was unable to deliver his Lectures in Latin, according to the custom of his colleagues. An ordinance was therefore made in 1597, permitting him to read them in English.
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(?)
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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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1570 - 1580
Ernest Bullock
15th Sep 1890 - 24th May 1979
Ernest Bullock was a pupil of Dr.
E. C. Bairstow
Edward Cuthbert Bairstow
22nd Aug 1874 – 1st May 1946
at Leeds Parish Church. Assistant-Organist there, 1906-1912; Sub-Organist of Manchester Cathedral, 1912-1915. Served in H.M. Forces as Captain and Adjutant, 1915 - 1919 Organist of St. Michael's College, Tenbury, February to December. 1919. Composer of Church Music, Organ pieces. Songs. Etc.

Organist of
1919 - 1928
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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Richard Burgh

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
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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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Byrd took out a Patent, with Tallis, for the sole right of publishing music in England.

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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In his entertaining book "Music and Friends" (Vol. lll.), William Gardiner of Leicester relates that, during one of his visits to Peterborough, about 1786, he made the acquaintance of John Calab, who presented him with a new Song that he had just published. "I touched the organ." says Gardiner, "which was some hundred years old; the keys were so worn that it was like putting your fingers into a row of ivory spoons. As to execution upon such an instrument, it was impossible."

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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.
John Baptiste Calkin
John Baptiste Calkin

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Frederick Cambridge
29th Mar 1841 - 1914
Frederick Cambridge was born 29th March 1841 at South Runcton, Norfolk.
ChoristeAr in Norwich Cathedral, Pupil of
Dr. Z. Buck,Zechariah Buck
10th Sep 1798 - 5th Aug 1879
and afterwards of
Molique.
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
Maurice Greene
1696 - 1st Dec 1755
and
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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Dr. John Camidge
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.

Organist of
1842 - 1859

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DEATH OF Dr. CAMIDGE.
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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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 Cart, 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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J. Charles

Organist of
1662 - 1691

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Thomas Chart
? - 1499

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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
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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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