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Hall, Henry
c. 1633 - 1707, singer, organist, composer.

Henry Hall, the son of Captain Henry Hall, was born in New Windsor about 1655 and became one of the Children of the Chapel Royal in London under Henry Cooke in the early 1670s. By I7 January 1673 his voice had broken and he was issued clothing, a customary practice with former Chapel boys. Responsible for him then at the Chapel Royal was the musician Pelham Humphrey.
In 1674 the precocious Hall became organist of Exeter Cathedral, succeeding Theodore Coleby, and in 1698 was appointed vicar choral and organist of Hereford Cathedral, where he remained until his death. By 1685 Hall had begun to publish songs; one of them, "A Dialogue betwixt Oliver Cromwell and Charon," was included in the second book of Playford's Theater of Music that year. Several other light songs by "Henry Hall, of Hereford" came out in Mercurius Musicus in 1699 and 1700, including "Sing, sing, sing, sing:" "Shou'd a legion of Cares," "Lucinda has the de'll," and "Why Fair Armida." The Post Boy of 5 November 1700 advertised that Hall's A Comical Song on the Jubilee had been separately published, and in Monthly Masks in 1704 Halls "Come take of your Liquor" appeared, a piece for which Hall, an accomplished poet, wrote both the words and the music. Another song he wrote and set to music was "To our Arms on Earth and Seas," which the Diverting Post advertised On 4 November 1704. His "On the Duke of Marlborough's approaching campaign" was sung at Drury Lane, according to the Diverting Post on 31 March 1705.
In addition to his light music he composed a number of anthems and other religious pieces, which have survived in manuscript in the British Library and a Te Deum and Jubilate which were published.
Henry Hall died at Hereford on 30 March 1707 and was buried in the cloister of the vicar's college there. On the following 28 July was advertised in Mercurius Musicus a Suite of Airs by the late Henry Hall of Hereford. Henry left a son Henry, also a poet but apparently not a composer; young Henry succeeded to his father's position at Hereford in 1707 and held it until his death on 22 January 1713. The Dictionary of National Biography claims that the court musician William Hall (d. 1700) was another son of Henry Hall of Hereford, but Grove does not so identify him.

A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London 1660 - 1800 Vol. 7
Philip H. Highfill, Jr, Kalman A. Burnim & Edward A Langhans

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