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Directory of Past Classical Organists


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

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George Robertson Sinclair
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Born at Croydon, October 28, 1862. Student at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Chorister in, and afterwards Assistant-Organist at, St. Michael's College, Tenbury, Pupil of Dr. C. Harford Lloyd, and Assistant Organist of Gloucester Cathedral. Organist of St. Mary-le-Crypt, Gloucester, 1879; Truro Cathedral, 1881; Hereford Cathedral, 1889.
Conductor of the Hereford Festivals, Hereford Choral Society, Hereford Orchestral Society, Birmingham Festival Choral Society, Etc.
Died suddenly at Birmingham, February 7, 1917.
Composer of Church Music. Etc.
The new organ in Truro Cathedral, by Willis. was built under Dr. Sinclair's direction; and during his appointment at Hereford the sum of £2,300 was raised through his energy, and the Cathedral organ rebuilt (also by Willis) from his specification.
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John Silvester
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Robert Stewart
16th Dec 1825 - 24th Mar 1894
Sir Robert Presscott Stewart was born in Dublin, December 16th 1825.
He was a Chorister in Christ Church Cathedral.
Organist of Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College Chapel, 1844.
Organist of St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1852. Resigned the post of Organist, St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1861, in order to obtain a Vicar Choralship there, but the latter office was divided, and he only succeeded to one half. He still, however, played the Sunday afternoon services, by arrangement with his successor, Mr. Murphy, who on these occasions sang for Sir Robert in the choir.
Half Vicar Choral of St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1861. Professor of Music in Dublin University, 1862
Knighted 1872.
Died in Dublin, Easter Eve, March 24, 1894.
Composer of Odes, Cantatas, Church Music, Organ pieces, Songs, Glees, Etc.
Editor of and lecturer on music.
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Edward Thompson
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Was previously a Chorister in Magdalen College, Oxford. and probably an articled pupil to his cousin, Thomas Hecht, the Organist there.
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John Tomkins

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1606 - 1619 (21?)
1622 - 1638

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John Travers
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James Turle
5th Mar 1802 - 28th Jun 1882
James Turle was born at Taunton, March 5, 1802.
Chorister in Wells Cathedral. Pupil of J. J. Goss and G. E. Williams.
Appointed Deputy-Organist at Westminster Abbey, 1819.
Music Master to the School for the Indigent Blind, 1829.
Succeeded
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Thomas Greatorex
1758 - 18th Jul 1831
as Organist of Westminster Abbey, 1831.
Retired from active duties of the post. 1875.
Died in London, June 28, 1882. Buried in Norwood Cemetery.
Composer of Church Music, Glees, Etc.
Joint-Author, with E. Taylor, of "The Art of Singing at Sight. "
Editor of Willbye's First Set of Madrigals; Single and Double Chants, composed for the use of the Choral Service of Westminster Abbey.
Joint Editor, with Dr. J. F. (now Sir Frederick)
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Sir Frederick Bridge
5th Dec 1844 – 18th Mar 1924
, of the Westminster Abbey Chant Book, Etc. Compiler of Hymn and Chant Books, Etc.
On the day of Tune's retirement, September 19, 1875, his Service in D was sung at Westminster Abbey.
There is a memorial tablet to him in the West Cloister, and a window in the North Aisle of the Choir.

Organist of
Christ Church, Southwark, 1819;
St. James's, Bermondsey, 1829.
1831 - 1882

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Robert Turle
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George Waterhouse
- Feb 1602

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Thomas Attwood Walmisley
21th Jan 1814 - 17th Jan 1856
Thomas Attwood Walmisley was born January 21st 1814 at Westminster.
Pupil of his father, Thomas Forbes Walmkley, and of his godfather, Thomas Attwood.
University Professor of Music, 1836, while he was still in residence for his B.A. degree. It is said that about this time he was playing the organ at as many as eight services every Sunday—twice at each of the following places: King's College, Trinity College, St. John's College, and the University Church.
Died at Caroline Place, Hastings, January 1st 1856.
Buried in Fairlight Churchyard.
Composer of Odes, Church Music, Organ pieces, Songs, Duets for Pianoforte and Oboe, Etc.
His Cathedral music was edited by his father, T. Forbes Walmisley.
Organist of
Croydon Parish Church ,1830
1821 - 1832
1833 - 1856
Thomas Attwood Walmisley
Thomas Attwood Walmisley

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Thomas Forbes Walmisley

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Thomas Forbes Walmisley
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S. S. Wesley
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Daniel Joseph Wood
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