"C" profiles

"C" profiles

C., E. C. (Anon) *


Born: (?), 1878 in Malton, North Yorkshire
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Worcester College, Oxford. Graduated BA(Oxon) in 1902, MA(Oxon) in 1908 and BMus(Oxon) in 1911. Organist, choirmaster and teacher at the Imperial Services College (St Mark’s School), Windsor, Berkshire (1895-1898). Organist and teacher at Fontmill Preparatory School, East Grinstead, Sussex (1903-1907) and Organist and Director of Music at Trent College, Long Eaton, Derbyshire (1908).
Died: (?), 1932


Born: 3rd April, 1924 in Southampton
A chorister at Winchester Cathedral under Dr Harold Rhodes and was educated at Cranleigh School. Organ scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Graduated BA(Cantab), MusB(Cantab) in 1947 and MA(Cantab) in 1949. Trained for the ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford from 1959. Ordained deacon in 1961 and priest in 1962.

Served in the RAF 1943-1946. From 1948 he was Assistant Music Master at Eton College and Organist of Windsor Parish Church, Berkshire the same year. Precentor of Radley College, Oxfordshire (1952-1959). Chaplain to the Royal School of Church Music (1965-1970, curate of St Peter's Church, Bournemouth (1970-1973). Precentor and Sacrist (1974-1979), Residentiary Canon (1976-1979) and Honorary Canon (1975-1976 and 1979-1991) of Winchester Cathedral. Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal at St James' Palace (1979-1991). A co-editor of the 'New English Hymnal'.
Died: 14th July, 2018 in (?)

CALAH, JOHN (1758-1798)

Born: (?), 1758
A chorister at Southwell Minster (from 26th or 27th of October, 1769). Organist of St Mary Magdalen Parish Church and Master of the Song School, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire in succession to Thomas (some editions state John) Jackson c.1781, commencing duties in 1782 until 1784. Organist of Peterborough Cathedral (1784-1798) in succession to Richard Langdon.

He was buried in Peterborough Cathedral.
Died: 4th August, 1798 in Peterborough

CALEY, M. A. (-)


Born: (?), 1809
Minor canon and Precentor of Bristol Cathedral (1838). Vicar of All Saints' Church, Bristol (1850). MA.

He is buried in the churchyard of Bristol Cathedral.
Died: 2nd November, 1861 in Bristol

CALKIN, GEORGE (1829-1911)

Born: 10th August, 1829 in St Pancras, London
Organist of St Mark's Church, Regent's Park, London for 25 years. He gave concerts as the conductor of a local choral society at the Hampstead Vestry Hall. Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music. London.

A professional 'cellist who played in the orchestra of the Philharmonic Society and the Royal Italian Opera and also of the Provincial Festivals, including that of Birmingham in 1846 where Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' was performed.
Died: 13th July, 1911 in Hampstead, London


Born: 16th March, 1827 in London
A pupil of his father, James Calkin. Associate of the Society of British Musicians (1845) and Full Member (1848-1856). Precentor, Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Columba's College, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland in succession to Dr Edwin George Monk. Organist and Choirmaster of Woburn Chapel, London (1853-1857) in succession to Edwin Barnes. Associate of the Philharmonic Society (1858) and Full Member (1862). Organist and Choirmaster at Camden Road Chapel, London (1863-1868) in succession to John Clarke. Organist of St Thomas's Church, Camden Town, London (1870-1884) in succession to J. W. Bernhardt. A member of the council of Trinity College, London. FCO Professor at the Guildhall School of Music, London.
Died 15th April, 1905 in Hornsey, London


Born: 28th September, 1807 in Kensington, London
Learned music from his father, John Wall Callcott and his brother-in-law William Horsley. Organist of Ely Place Chapel, London and was for a long time organist of St Barnabas Church, London and a teacher in London.
Died: 5th August, 1882 in London

CAMBRIDGE CHANT, THE (many versions in existence) *


Born: 29th March, 1841 in South Runcton, Norfolk
Had his earliest musical training at Norwich Cathedral under Dr Zechariah Buck and harmony with Molique. Organist and Choirmaster of the College of St Columba, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland (1862), St Mary's Church, Leicester (1866) and Croydon Parish Church (1868).
Died: 17th December, 1914 in Croydon, Surrey

The Camidge Dynasty of York

CAMIDGE, JOHN (i) senior (1734-1803)

(father of Matthew Camidge)

Born: 8th December, 1734 in York
Son of Robert Camidge. A chorister and articled pupil of Dr James Nares at York Minster and later had lessons from Dr Maurice Greene and George Frideric Handel in London. Organist of Doncaster Parish Church, South Yorkshire from August, 1755 but almost immediately succeeded Nares at York Minster were he began work on the 31st of January 1756. It has been suggested that he introduced the music of Handel into the Minster services. On the 11th November, 1799 he appeared personally to the Dean and Chapter to beg leave to resign as Organist and Master of the Boys.

He is buried in the churchyard of St Olave's Church, York.
Died: 25th April, 1803 in York

(There is great confusion as to which John Camidge wrote what chant. The custodian believes that chants contained within the 1828 Cathedral Chants are by Dr John Camidge [ii]. Please check both John Camidge [i] & [ii])

CAMIDGE, Dr JOHN (ii) junior (1790-1859)

(son of Matthew Camidge)

Born: (?), 1790 (probably in York), Yorkshire
He succeeded his father, Matthew as organist of York Minster (1842-1959). Studied at St Catherine's College, Cambridge and graduated MusB(Cantab) in 1812 and MusD(Cantab) in 1819. In 1855 Archbishop Sumner awarded him MusD(Lambeth). In November 1848 he was struck with paralysis and his son Thomas Simpson Camidge (1828-1912) carried out his father's duties. The authorities did not approve of this arrangement and so T. S. Camidge was given six months' notice.

He is buried in York Cemetery.
Died: 21st or 29th September, 1859 in York


Born: (?); baptised 5th January, 1853 in St Michael-le-Belfry, York
A chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Educated at Christ Church College, Oxford and graduated in 1875. A professor of music. Organist of Beverley Minster from 15th July, 1876 until he retired in 1933 when he was awarded the title of Organist Emeritus. Music master at Beverley High School and conductor of the Beverley Choral Society.
Died: 22nd September, 1939 in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

CAMIDGE, MATTHEW (1764-1844)

(father of Dr John Camidge [ii])

Born: (?); baptised 25th May, 1764 in Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York
A chorister at the Chapel Royal under Dr James Nares and in 1799 succeeded his father, John [i] as organist of York Minster until he resigned 8th October, 1842. He taught the choristers to read music, this apparently was a rare thing to do.

He is buried in the chuchyard of St Olave's, York.
Died: 23rd October, 1844 in York


Born: (?) March, 1873 in Littlehampton, West Sussex
A school teacher by profession. Organist of Hollinwood Parish Church, Oldham, Lancashire; Margate Parish Church; All Hallows School, Honiton, Devon for 27 years.
Died: (?), 1955 at Charterhouse, Finsbury, London

CAMPBELL, NEAL (20th cent.)


Born: 17th June, 1909 in London
He started his working life in local government. Studied the organ later under Sir Ernest Bullock and Dr Harold Edwin Darke. Organist of St Margaret's Church, Leytonstone, London (1927-1929), Chigwell Parish Church, Essex and then to West Ham Church, London (1931-1937), St Peter's Church, Croydon, London (1937-1943), St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton (1943-1947). Sub-warden of the College of St Nicolas, (later The Royal School of Church Music), Canterbury (1947-1949). Organist of Ely Cathedral (1949-1953), Organist of Southwark Cathedral, London (1953-1956), Organist of Canterbury Cathedral (1956-1961) and Organist of St George's Chapel, Windsor (1961-1974).
Died: 4th June, 1974 in Windsor, Berkshire


Born: (?)
A composer and conductor. Studied Music at the University of Oxford where he was a choral scholar, assistant organ scholar and conductor of the Oxford Chamber Choir and also the Arcadian Singers. He continues to study at the Royal Academy of Music and at the University of Vienna.


Born: (?), 1852
Died: (?), 1906



Born: 2nd June, (?) in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Educated at the King Edward VII School, Sheffield then went up to Keble College, Oxford as organ scholar. FRCO diploma (1949), BA (1950), BMus (1951) and MA (1956). First appointment was as Organist of the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling, Scotland (1950-1953) from where he was a member of staff of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He moved to be Organist of Chelmsford Cathedral (1953-1962) and Organist of Manchester Cathedral (1962-1977). He became a member of staff at the Royal Manchester (later the Royal Northern) College of Music from 1963 where he remained as a senior lecturer after leaving the cathedral.


CANTRELL, SCOTT (20th cent.)


Born: (?)
Active in Gloucester.
Died: (?), 1932



CARNABY, Dr WILLIAM (1772-1839)

Born: (?), 1772 in London
A chorister at the Chapel Royal under Dr James Nares and Dr Edmund Ayrton. Graduated MusB(Cantab) in 1803 and MusD(Cantab) in 1808. Organist at Eye, Suffolk, then Huntingdon Parish Church, Cambridgeshire and the Hanover Chapel, Regent Street, London from 1823 until his death in 1839.
Died: 7th or 13th November, 1839 in London

CARNALL, ARTHUR (1852-1904)

Born: 7th May, 1852 in Peterborough
A chorister at Peterborough Cathedral before his family moved to Ely. A pupil of Dr Edmund Thomas Chipp at Ely Cathedral. Graduated MusB(Cantab) in 1873. Organist of Penge Parish Church, Kent for 31 years.
Died: 30th June, 1904 in Penge, Kent


Born: (?), 1854
He was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge graduating MA(Cantab) and was ordained into the Anglican Church in 1879. He was Vicar Choral of Salisbury Cathedral (1879-1914) and Archdeacon of Sarum (1914-1936).
Died: 20th July, 1936

CARR, BENJAMIN (1768-1831)

Born: 12th September, 1768 in London
A pupil of Charles Wesley. Settled in Philadelphia in 1793 where he was an organist and teacher. He owned a music shop and became a well-known music publisher. Organist of St Augustine’s Catholic Church from 1801-1831 and of St Peter’s Episcopal Church 1816-1831.
Died: 24th May, 1831 in Philadelphia, USA


Born: ?
A thirteen year old boy treble who's been singing with Coventry Cathedral for the past three years. Aged ten he became the youngest person to achieve ABRSM grade eight singing with distinction. He studies piano, music theory and composition, and has performed at Buckingham Palace. He began learning the pipe organ five years ago and he's now an assistant organist at three parish churches in Leicestershire.

CARROLL, Dr WALTER (1869-1955)

Born: 4th July, 1869 in Manchester
Graduated MusB(Dunelm) in 1891, MusB(Manc) in 1896 and studied with Dr Henry Hiles for his MusD(Manc) in 1900. Organist of St Clement's Church, Greenheys, Manchester (1892-1895). Music master at the Day Training College, Owen’s College, Manchester (1892) and was singing master of the Ellerslie Ladies’ College (1900-1903). Professor of Harmony at the Royal College of Music, Manchester (now the Royal Northern College of Music) (1893).
Died: (?), 1955 at his home in Didsbury, Manchester


Born: (?), 1857
Son of Surgeon-Major William Carte of the Army Medical Department. A musical exhibitioner at Trinity College, Dublin in 1877. BA(Dubl) in 1879 and MusB(Dubl) in 1882.
Died: (?)

CARTER, (?) (-)


Born: 13th December, (?) in Leicester
Studied at Leeds University under J. C. Brown and Philip Wilby. BA Hons(Leeds) in Music. A bass songman at York Minster (1962-1969) and taught at St Mary's Convent School, York. Founder and Director of the Minster Chapter House Choir (1965-1982). A freelance composer.


Born: 3rd February, 1845 in New Malton
Attended Worcester College, Oxford, graduating with a BA(Oxon) and MA.(Oxon) in 1871.
Ordained deacon in 1871 and priest in 1872. Curate of Christ Church, Ealing, Middlesex (1871-1875). Vicar Choral of York Minster (1875-1877). He moved to be Rector of St Martin's Church, Micklegate, York (1877-1882). Vicar of St Michael-le-Belfry, York (1882).
Died: 23rd May, 1923 in Scarborough, Yorkshire


(father of Carter below ?)

Born: 5th March, 1913 in Enfield
Educated at the George Spicer School, Enfield, London and studied music with Dr Harold Edwin Darke. FRCO (CHM) diploma in 1941. Organist of St Paul’s Church, St Alban’s, Hertfordshire (1941-1948) and Assistant Organist of St Alban’s Cathedral (1948-1951). Organist of Armagh Cathedral, Northern Ireland (1951-1966). Moved to Canada in August 1966 to become Organist of St John’s Church, Shaughnessy, Vancouver and also Music Master of St George's School in Vancouver.
Died: 5th August, 1998

CARTER, (?) (20th cent.)

(son of Frederick George Carter)

Born: (?)
Sometime lay clerk.

CARTER, JAMES FORBES (1853 or 1854-after 1915)

Born: (?), 1853 or 1854
Organist of St Mary’s Church, Littlehampton, Sussex (1885), Grimsby Parish Church, Lincolnshire (c1890-c1904). He emigrated to New York in 1904 to become Organist of All Saints’, Seventh Avenue and was a singing teacher in Brooklyn until at least 1915.
Died: (?), after 1915


CARTLEDGE, JAMES (1791-1864)

Born: (?), 1791 in Newark, Nottinghamshire
A senior chorister at Manchester Collegiate Church (Manchester Cathedral since 1848) in 1826.
Died 13th September, 1864 in Manchester



Born: (?), 1864 in Camberwell, London
An organ builder?
Died: (?)

CASTLE, A. (-)



Born: 1st August, 1869
Son of Revd Francis Caudwell, Vicar of St Matthias’ Church, Stoke Newington, London. Educated at Lancing College, West Sussex. Member of the choir of St Matthias’ Church, Stoke Newington.
Died: (?)

CAYLEY, (?) (-)



Born: (?)
Educated at Winchester College and Brasenose College, Oxford. MusB(Cantab) in 1880 and MusD(Cantab) in 1887. Organist of St Peter’s Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1870-1882), FRCO diploma (1877). Organist of Jesmond Parish Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne ( 1882-1890), All Saints’ Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1890-1893), St George’s Church, Cullercoats, Newcastle-upon-Tyne ( 1893). Sometime conductor of the Newcastle Philharmonic Society.
Died: (?)


Born: 25th March, 1848 in London
The son of Revd William Weldon Champneys, Canon Residentiary of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Educated at Winchester College and Brasenose College, Oxford. MA(Oxon) in 1875 and MD(Oxon). A pupil of Sir John Goss and whilst at Winchester College he studied under Dr Samuel Sebastian Wesley. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (1882). His medical qualifications included BM (1875) and DM (1888). Assistant obstetric physician at St George’s Hospital and at the General Lying-in Hospital from 1880, obstetric physician at St George’s Hospital (1885), a physician-accoucher of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. One of the promoters of the Midwife Act (1902) which recognised the registration of midwives. He chaired the Central Midwives Board (set up under the 1902 Act) from 1903-1930. Founded a choir in the late 1870s to perform Matthew Locke’s ‘Macbeth’ and it flourished for 20 years. Council member and member of the executive committee of the Royal College of Music for 15 years.
Died: 30th July, 1930 in Nutley, East Sussex


Born: 12th November, 1872 in Trichinopoly, India
Educated at Brussels Training School. Graduated from Keble College, Oxford with BA(Oxon) in 1894, BMus(Oxon) in 1894 and MA(Oxon) in 1898. Vicar of Falfield, Gloucestershire.
Died: (?)

CHAPMAN, GRAHAM P. (20th cent.)

Born: 9th February, (?) in Watford, Hertfordshire (?)
Sometime bass lay clerk of Lincoln Cathedral and Director of Music of a church choir in the city.


Born: (?), 1765 in Winchester, Hampshire
A chorister at St Paul's Cathedral under Robert Hudson. Lay clerk at Winchester Cathedral (1787) and succeeded Peter Fussell as Organist of Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College (1802-1849). He was also Organist of St Maurice's Church, Winchester. MusD(Cantab) in 1812. He once owned an Andreis Rucker's harpsichord, dated 1651 ('Handel’s harpsichord') which is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

He is buried in the cloisters of Winchester College.
Died: 23rd May, 1849 in Winchester


Born: (?), 1839
Schoolmaster at Monkland under Sir Henry Baker and later at Kington, Herefordshire. He was for many years organising choirmaster of the Hereford Diocesan Choral Union. He was ordained in 1891. Vicar of Sillack, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire in 1895 and then of Michaelchurch, Eskley, Herefordshire.
Died: 27th June, 1898

CHARLET, THOMAS (18th/19th cent.)

Born: (?)
Flourished 1785 and resided in Bristol.
Died: (?)


Taken from an ancient chant book in Ely Cathedral.


CHILD(E), Dr WILLIAM (1607-1697)

Born: (?), 1607 in Bristol
A chorister in Bristol Cathedral under Elway Bevin. Lay clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire (16th April, 1630). Graduated BMus(Oxon) on 8th July, 1631. Made a 'St Anthony Exhibitioner' on 26th July, 1632. Organist of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire (1634-1697) in succession to John Mundy. Organist of the Chapel Royal, Whitehall, London (1660-1697). He was regularly in the company of Samuel Pepys.

He is buried in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire.
Died: 23rd March, 1697 in Windsor, Berkshire


Born: 25th December, 1823 in London
A chorister at the Chapel Royal under William Hawes. Studied the violin under W. Thomas, J. B. Nadaud and A. Tolbecque from 1832-1840. Organist of Christ Church, Albany Street, London (1843), St John's, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London (1846), St Olave's, Southwark, London (1847), St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap, London (1852-1856), Holy Trinity, Paddington, London (1856-1862), St George's Church and Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland (1862). Organist of Ely Cathedral (1866-1886).
Died: 17th December, 1886 in Nice, France

CHIVERS, Revd J. S. (19th/20th cent.)

CHOPE, Revd RICHARD ROBERT (1830-1928)

Born: 30th September, 1830 in Bideford, Devon
Attended Exeter College, Oxford where he graduated with a BA(Oxon) in 1855 and
MA(Oxon) in 1857. He was ordained deacon in 1856 and priest in 1857. Curate of Stapleton, (Bristol ?) (1856-1858), Sherborne, Dorset (1858-1859), Upton Scudamore, Wiltshire (1859-1861) and Brompton, London (1861-1865). Vicar of St Augustine’s, South Kensington, London from 1865.
Died: 26th May, 1928 in Wimbledon, London


'CHRIST CHURCH TUNE' – Plainsong Tune i *


Born: 16th April, 1885 in Hastings, East Sussex
A pupil of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Organist of St Mary's Church, Ely and later Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral. He moved to Canada in 1913 as Organist of Christ Church, Vancouver and was a noted recitalist.
Died: 6th March, 1966 in Vancouver, Canada


Born: (?)
May have been active in Bristol in the early 19th cent.
Died: (?)

CHURCH, JOHN (1674 or 1675-1740 or 1741)

Born: (?), 1674 or 1675 in Windsor, Berkshire
A chorister at St John’s, Cambridge. Gentleman Extraordinary at the Chapel Royal (1696 or 1697). Fully appointed in the following year. Singing-man (lay clerk) at Westminster Abbey (c.1702). Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey (c.1724).

He is buried in the south cloister of Westminster Abbey.
Died: 2nd or 6th January, 1740 or 1741 in Westminster, London

CLARE, EDWARD (1810-1869)

Born: (?), 1810 in London
An author and composer. His writings included instructions on the techniques of chanting the psalms and the use of the thorough-bass. He used the pseudonym of Grenville Smart.
Died: 9th April, 1869 in London

CLARK, J. (JOHN?) (-)

CLARK, JAMES (?-1826)

Born: (?)
Sometime Organist of St Mark's Church, Dublin. Organist of St Michael's Church, Burleigh Street, Islington, London.
Died: (?), 1826

CLARK, PETER (20th cent.)

CLARK, RICHARD (1780-1856)

Born: 5th April, 1780 in Datchet, near Windsor, Berkshire
A chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor under Dr Theodore Aylward and at Eton College, Berkshire under Stephen Heather. Studied piano and violin. Lay clerk at both places (1802-1811). Secretary of the Glee Club (1802-1811). Sometime deputy for James Bartleman at St, George's Chapel, for John Sale at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and for John Bernard Sale at Westminster Abbey, London. A member of the Royal Society of Music(ians) (1814). Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (1819 or 1820) and deputy there for Dr John Stafford Smith. Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral, London (1827) and Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey, London (1828).
Died: 5th October, 1856 in Lillington Tower, Westminster Abbey

CLARK, T. (-)


Born: 19th December, 1795 in Worcester
A chorister in Worcester Cathedral. He succeeded Thomas Ebdon as Organist of Durham Cathedral (1811-1813). Succeeded William Kenge as Organist of Worcester Cathedral (1814-1844).
Died: 27th or 28th April, 1844 in Worcester


Born: 25th January, 1840 in Birmingham
Organist of St Matthew's Church, Duddeston, Birmingham when 12. When he was 15 he was sent as a pupil to an analytic chemist but soon left and was then articled as a land surveyor (1855-1861). Organist of Parsonstown Parish Church, Ireland (1862) and after only a year went on to the Zion Church, Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland. A member of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra as first violinist and frequently assisted Sir Robert Prescott Stewart at Christ Church Cathedral. In 1864 he was appointed conductor of the Belfast Anacreontic Society and Organist of Caremony Church (?). The same year he won the first prize from the newly founded College of Organists for an anthem. Appointed Organist of Queen's College, Oxford in June 1866 a short while after leaving Llandaff Cathedral. Graduated BMus(Oxon) in 1867. Whilst in Oxford he conducted the Queen's College Musical Society and played the clarinet at several College concerts. Organist of Kensington Parish Church, London (1871) and succeeded Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan at St Peter’s Church, South Kensington. London. He spent some time conducting in the theatre, including the Opera Comique, Comedy, Toole's Gaiety and other houses. Conductor of the D'Oyly Carte Company in the provinces from 1878. Also from 1878 he was musical director of the Lyceum Theatre. Appointed conductor of the Victorian National Orchestra. He acted as inspector of military bands and had conferred upon him the honorary rank of Captain. He returned to England in 1891. He accepted the position of Principal Conductor of the Carl Rosa Company in 1893.
Died: 9th July, 1912 in Banstead, Surrey

CLARKE, JAMES (1807 or 1808-1877)

Born: (?), 1807 or 1808 probably in Edinburgh, Scotland
He became leader of Psalmody at St George’s Church, Glasgow, Scotland in 1829. Emigrated to Elora in Canada in 1834. Organist of Christ Church in Hamilton in 1844. First conductor of the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded the first Batchelor of Music by King’s College, Toronto, Canada in 1846.
Died: 27th August, 1877 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

from CLARKE, JEREMIAH (some sources state Clark) (c.1670 or 1673-1707)

(arranged by Sir J. Goss)

Born: (?), c.1670 or 1673
One of the children of the Chapel Royal (under Dr John Blow) and sang at the coronation of James II in 1685. Organist of Winchester College (1692-1695) and Organist of St Paul's Cathedral, London (1699-1707). From 1704 he was appointed as one of the organists of the Chapel Royal where he had been a Gentleman Extraordinary since 1700.

He is buried in the churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Died: 1st December, 1707 in his home (suicide)


CLARKE, WILLIAM (1740-1820)

Born: (?), 1740
A vicar choral at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and a minor canon in 1769. He edited 'A Collection of Chaunts, Psalm Tunes, Hymns and an anthem in four parts'.

He is buried in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Died: 5th December, 1820 in London


Born: 13th December, 1770 in Gloucester
A pupil and assistant to Dr Philip Hayes at New College, Magdalen and St John's Colleges, Oxford (1799-1820). Organist of St Lawrence's Church, Ludlow. Shropshire (1789-1794). BMus(Oxon) in 1793, MusD(Dublin) in 1795 and (Cantab ad eundem) in 1799. Organist of Armagh Cathedral, Northern Ireland (1794-1797) in succession to Richard Langdon. Master of the Choristers at Christ Church and St Patrick's Cathedrals, Dublin, Ireland (1798). Organist of Trinity and St John's Colleges, Cambridge (1799). He succeeded Aaron Upjohn Hayter as Organist of Hereford Cathedral (1820-1832) and Dr Hague as Professor of Music at Cambridge (1821).

There is an inscription on the east wall of the Bishop’s Cloister in Hereford Cathedral.
Died: 21st February, 1836 in Holmer, near Hereford

CLAXTON, Revd WILLIAM (1852-1933)

Born: (?), 1852 in Mitford, Northumberland
A chorister at St Michael's College, Tenbury, Worcestershire (1862-1868). Organist of St Michael's College, Tenbury (1877-1886). Graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge BA(Cantab) in 1876 and MA(Cantab) in 1895. He was ordained deacon in 1887 and priest in 1888. He served his curacies at Hartley Wintney, Hampshire (1887) and Woolston, Southampton, Hampshire (1893). Vicar of Navestock, Romford, Essex from 1897 until his retirement in 1921.
Died: 17th September, 1933 in Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

CLEGG, JOHN ARTHUR (1868-1944)

Born: (?), 1868 in Rochdale, Lancashire
Educated privately, he later graduated BMus(Oxon) at Queen’s College, Oxford in 1896. Organist and Choirmaster of St Stephen's Church, Rochdale, Lancashire (1892) and Cross Street Chapel, Manchester from 1899. He later moved to Malvern, Worcestershire.
Died: 31st March, 1944 in Malvern Link, Worcestershire

CLELAND, GEORGE (fl. 1823)

Born: (?), probably in Bath, Somerset
Organist of St Mary's Chapel, Queen Square, Bath, Somerset (1823). Later, he became a teacher of music in London.
Died: (?)


Born: 12th March, 1858 in Plymouth, Devon
A pupil of Sir George Clement Martin. Organist of the English Church in Berlin, Germany for seven years and also taught there. He moved to the USA in 1896 and became Organist of St Paul's Church, Cleveland, Ohio.
Died: 27th December, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Born: 8th December, 1859 in Bailden, Bradford, West Yorkshire
A music teacher at Ockbrook School, Derbyshire
Died: 23rd July, 1933 in Eydon, Brackley, Northamptonshire


Born: 31st December, 1948 in Bromley, Kent
A chorister at Worcester Cathedral and awarded a music scholarship to the King's School, Worcester. Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge (1967-1971), winning the John Stewart of Rannoch scholarship in sacred music. On taking the FRCO diploma in 1968 he won the Limpus and Read prizes. BA(Cantab) in 1970, MusB(Cantab) in 1971 and MA in (?). From 1971-1974 he held the W. T. Best scholarship awarded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Organist of St Matthew's Church, Northampton and Director of Music at Northampton Grammar School (1971-1974), Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey (1974-1978), Master of the Music of Westminster Cathedral (1979-1982). Director of Music of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge (1982-2019). He was knighted in 2019.
Died: 22nd November, 2019 in York

CLEVELAND, (?) (-)



Born: (?)
Died : (?), 1841

CLUCAS, HUMPHREY (20th cent.)

(father of Tristram Clucas)

Born: 16th November, (?) in Lancaster
Read English at King’s College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar under Sir David Valentine Willcocks. A lay vicar of Westminster Abbey. Self-taught as a musician and an accomplished author. A patron of the Anglican Chant Archive.

CLUCAS, TRISTRAM (20th cent.)

(son of Humphrey Clucas)

Born: (?)
Sometime chorister at Winchester Cathedral.

COATES, ROBERT (20th cent.)

Born: 9th July, (?) in Stockport, Lancashire
Resident in Norway since 1981.


Born: 15th October, 1838 in Nettlestead, Kent
Educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire and Trinity College, Cambridge and was elected Scholar in 1860. BA(Cantab) in 1861 and MA(Cantab) in 1864. Assisted Sir George Alexander Macfarren in reforming the musical curriculum at the University of Cambridge. Studied mainly in Dresden, Germany. After taking a double first he became a Fellow and Bursar of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1863. President of the Cambridge University Musical Society (1874-1884). Chairman of the University Board of Musical Studies (1877-1887). He enjoyed cycling.
Died: 31st March, 1904 in Cambridge


COBBIN, J. I. (-)



Born: (?)
Organist and Choir Director at Grahamstown Cathedral, South Africa for 18 years. He has spent many years training choristers and young organists. He has held many leading organist and academic posts including at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he gained a PhD in Musicology.

COCKELL, WILLIAM (1834-1896)

Born: (?), 1834 in Dalston, Middlesex
For many years he was an active member of the Sacred Harmonic Society. Director of the choir at St Mary's, Stoke Newington, London (1863-1864). Subsequently became Hon Director of the Choir of St Matthew's Church, Upper Clapton, London.
Died: 8th August, 1896 in St Leonard's-on-Sea, East Sussex

COCKER, NORMAN (1889-1953)

Born: 30th November, 1889 in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire
The son of a dental surgeon, he was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford and then went up as Organ Scholar to Magdalen College, Oxford (1907-1909). He never completed his degree after being sent down, on his own admission, for not doing enough work. Between then and joining the army in 1916 he taught at Magdalen College and was also organist of St Philip and St James's Church and Manchester College, both in Oxford. He was appointed Sub-Organist of Manchester Cathedral in 1920. He soon moved down to London as organist of St Peter's Church, Eaton Square in 1921. He was not happy with this fashionable milieu and returned to Manchester Cathedral as Sub-Organist right through Archibald Wayett Wilson’s tenure, 1943-1953. During the inter-war years he was also Organist of Holy Innocents' Church, Fallowfield, Manchester as well as various cinemas, often rushing from the cinema to the Cathedral and back again wearing carpet slippers!. He was a very good conjurer and a very fine cook. He spent a lot of his time on a model theatre which he used to design sets.
Died: 30th November, 1953 in Manchester


Born: (?), 1869 in Bristol
Organist of Stapleton Church, Bristol for 38 years. Served a term as mayor. His recital repertory often included Spanish and American music.
Died: 20th February, 1951 in Bristol

COLBORNE, Dr LANGDON (1835-1889)

Born: 15th September, 1835 in Hackney, London
A pupil of George Cooper, Sub-Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Organist of St Michael's College, Tenbury, Worcstershire (1860), Beverley Minster (1874), Wigan Parish Church, Lancashire (1875), Dorking Parish Church, Surrey (1877), Hereford Cathedral (1877-1889). He took MusB(Cantab) in 1864 and received MusD(Lambeth) in 1883.

There is a memorial window to him in the north transept clerestory of the Hereford Cathedral.
Died: 16th September, 1889 in Hereford


Born: (?), 1844 in St Marylebone, London
Died: 7th April, 1922 in Leeds, Yorkshire


Born: (?), 1853 in Reading, Berkshire
Organist of St Luke's Church, Shepherds Bush, London; Christ Church, Ealing, London; St John's Church, Notting Hill, London from 1905. A professor of piano at Trinity College, London.
Died: (?), 1932 in Reading



Born: (?)
Sometime vicar choral of Lichfield Cathedral.
Died: (?), 1942 probably in Lichfield, Staffordshire


Born: 3rd April, 1888 in Dartmouth, Devon
A chorister in St George's Church, Ramsgate, Kent before going to Denstone College, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. He was then articled to Sir Sydney Hugo Nicholson in both Carlisle and Manchester Cathedrals. Whilst at Carlisle he was appointed organist of St Stephen's Church. After completing his training he was appointed Sub-Organist of Manchester Cathedral. He moved on to Blackburn Parish Church (now Cathedral) in 1912, Derry Cathedral, Londonderry, Northern Ireland in 1914. BMus(Dublin) in 1919 and DMus(Dublin) in 1924 and the FRCO diploma. He returned to England in 1920 and was for a short time organist of the Heritage Craft Schools, Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex. Appointed as Dr Haydn Keeton's successor at Peterborough Cathedral in 1921 and left under rather difficult domestic circumstances which were not his fault. He became county music organiser for Staffordshire (1944-1947). He was organist at Hatfield Parish Church, Hertfordshire (1947-1948) and All Saints' Church, Eastbourne, East Sussex (1949-1959), and Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Brighton, East Sussex.
Died: 17th February, 1965 in Dartmouth, Devon

COLES, HARRY M. (20th cent.)

Born: (?), 1920

COLLIGNON (Collingnon), Dr CHARLES (1725-1785)

Born: 30th January, 1725
His family came from France. Educated at the University of Cambridge, graduating with MB(Cantab) in 1749 and MD(Cantab) in 1754. After practising as a doctor in Cambridge he became Professor of Anatomy at the university (1753-1785).
Died: 1st October, 1785 in Cambridge




CONKEY, ITHAMAR (1815-1867)

Born: (?), 1815
Died: (?), 1867


Born: (?)
Organist and choirmaster.



Born: (?), 1885 in Walthamstow, London
Educated at Bedford School and later studied at the Royal College of Music, London. Organist of Upperton Congregational Church, Eastbourne, East Sussex (1900-1902), Assistant Organist of St Saviour's, Eastbourne, East Sussex (1902-1909), All Saints' Church, Eastbourne, East Sussex (1908). Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral (1920-1925). Organist of Chichester Cathedral (1925-1931) and Ely Cathedral (1931-1949)  until he retired. FRCO diploma in 1905, BMus(Oxon) in 1907 and DMus(Dublin) in 1914.
Died: 22nd March, 1961 in Douglas, Isle of Man


Born: 18th June, 1912 in Gloucester
A chorister at Gloucester Cathedral (1923-1928) and educated at the King’s School, Gloucester. He was subsequently an articled pupil of Dr Herbert Whitton Sumsion (1929-1932). Assistant Organist at Gloucester Cathedral (1932-1937). Organ Scholar at the Queen’s College, Oxford. He was also Organist of All Saint's Church, Cheltenham, Gloucester (1935-1937). Organist of Leeds Parish Church (1937), Hereford Cathedral (1956-1966). He left Hereford to become Organist of All Saints' Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and after a year Organist of the Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Canada. He retired back to England in 1986. FRCO diploma with the Harding Prize in 1931 and took the degrees of BMus(Dunelm) in 1934 and DMus(Dunelm) in 1941.
Died: 22nd May, 1993 in Cheltenham

COOK, Dr EDGAR THOMAS (1880-1953)

Born: 18th March, 1880 in Worcester
Educated at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester and was a pupil of Hugh Blair and Sir Ivor Algenon Atkins. Organist of St Oswald's Church, Worcester (1893) and St Leonard's Church, Newland, near Malvern (1897) (St Leonard's at that time had its own choir school and had a long tradition of singing plainsong). Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral (1904-1909), Organist at Southwark Cathedral (1909-1953). BMus(Oxon) in 1905 and held the FRCO. diploma. Taught at the Royal College of Music, London for many years where he was in charge of the choir-training course. After 25 years at Southwark he was awarded DMus (Lambeth) in 1934. He was appointed CBE in 1949.
Died: 5th March, 1953 in Chipstead, Surrey


Born: 4th November, 1906 in Gomersal, near Leeds, West Yorkshire
Educated at Repton School, Derbyshire (1921-1925) and then became a pupil of Paul Hindemith at the Berlin Hochschule für Music (1929-1934). Awarded the degrees of MA(Cantab) and MusD(Cantab). For a short time he was Director of Music at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge. A professor of harmony and of composition at the Royal Manchester College of Music (1933-1938). After active service in the Royal Navy (1941-1945) he moved to London and taught at Trinity College of Music (1947-1978). He suffered a stroke in 1993 and virtually gave up composing.
Died: 13th August, 2005 at Five Oak Green near Tonbridge, Kent

COOKE, Dr BENJAMIN (1734-1793)

(father of Robert Cooke)

Born: (?), 1734 in Covent Garden, Westminster, London
A pupil of Dr Pepusch and succeeded him as conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music (1752-1789). Deputy Organist at Westminster Abbey, London (1746) then succeeded Bernard Gates as Master of the Choristers (1757). Lay Vicar there in 1752. He succeeded John Robinson as full organist of Westminster Abbey (1762-1793). He was unsuccessful in his application as Organist of St Michael's, Cornhill, London (1781) but succeeded Joseph Kelway as Organist of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London (1782) as well as still being at the Abbey.

MusD(Cantab) in 1775 and may also have received DMus(Oxon) in 1782.

He is buried in the West Cloister of Westminster Abbey, London
Died: 14th September, 1793 in Dorset Court, Cannon Row, Westminster, London

COOKE, H. C. (20th cent.)


Born: (?), 1871
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London under Frederick Davenport. Organist of St Andrew's Church, Wells Street, London and of St Luke's, Kentish Town, London (1894).
Died: (?)

COOKE, H. S. (fl. 19th cent.)

COOKE, JOHN (1930-1995)

Born: (?), 1930 in Barnstaple, Devon
Sometime RSCM Northern Commissioner.
Died: 1st July, 1995.

COOKE, MATTHEW (senior) (1761-1829)

Born: (?), 1761
Trained under Dr James Nares. Organist of North Mymms, Hertfordshire; St George's Church, Bloomsbury, London; Curzon Chapel, Mayfair, London. Styled himself as a professor of music. Lived at 36 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London.
Died: 7th June, 1829 in London

COOKE, ROBERT (1768-1814)

(son of Dr Benjamin Cooke)

Born: (?), 1768 in Westminster, London
The second son of Dr Benjamin Cooke. Organist of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London in succession to his father (1793). He succeeded Dr Samuel Arnold as Organist of Westminster Abbey (1802-1814) and Richard Guise as Master of the Choristers (1806).

He is buried in the West Cloister of Westminster Abbey, London in the same grave as his father.
Died: 23rd August, 1814 by suicide in the River Thames in Westminster, London


Born: (?), 1844
Died: (?)


Born: (?), 1870 in London
Educated in York. ARCO, AMus(TCL). Headmaster of Oliverson's Church of England School, Goosnargh, Preston, Lancashire. Organist of Staveley Church, Derbyshire (1894-1896), Hixton Church, Staffordshire (1896-1899) and St Mary's Church, Goosnargh (1899).
Died: 29th January, 1941

COOKE, Revd WILLIAM HENRY (1820-1912)

Born: (?), 1820
Died: (?), 1912 in Bath, Somerset

COOLIDGE, E. T. (19th cent.)

Born: (?)
Active 1830.
Died: (?)

COOMAN, CARSON P. (20th cent.)

Born: 12th June, (?) in Rochester, New York, USA
Composer of solo instruments to opera, orchestra and hymn tunes. Carson studied with Bernard Rands, Judith Weir, Alan Fletcher and James Willey. An active consultant on music business matters.

COOMBS, EDWARD A. (1866-1930)

COOMBS, JAMES MORRIS (senior) (1769-1820)

Born: (?), 1769 in Salisbury, Wiltshire
A chorister at Salisbury Cathedral (1776-1784). He studied under Dr John Stephens and Thomas Gambier Parry. Organist of Chippenham Parish Church, Wiltshire (1789-1820).
Died: 7th March, 1820 in Chippenham, Wiltshire


COOMBS, JAMES MORRIS (junior) (1799-1831)

Born: (?),  1799
Organist of Chippenham Parish Church, Wiltshire in succession to his father (1820) and at the Private Chapel at Bowood House, Wiltshire (1831).
Died: (?), 1831.


Born: (?), 1897 in Beckenham, Kent
Died: (?)

COOPER, ALEXANDER SAMUEL (1835-1900 or 1901)

Born: 30th April, 1835 in London
A pupil of Dr E. J. Hopkins and Charles Hallé. Organist of Trinity College, Glenalmond, Perth, Scotland (1855-1857). He succeeded Herbert Stephens Irons as Organist, Precentor, and Master of the Choristers of St Columba’s College, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland (1857-1859). He succeeded Otto Goldschmidt as Organist of St John's Church, Putney, London (1859-1866). Received the FRCO diploma in 1865. Organist and Master of the Choristers at Tonbridge Grammar School, Kent (1866-1868), Holy Trinity Church, Chelsea, London (1868-1871), St John's Church, Notting Hill, London (1871-1873) and Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, London (1873-1877). Associate of the Philharmonic Society (1871-1880). An Original Member of the Musical Association (1874-1876). He succeeded C. J. Beale as Organist of St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London (1880).

Editor of the 'Parochial Psalter' and 'Parochial Chant Book'.
Died: 19th May, 1900 or 1901 in the Charterhouse, London

COOPER, AMY (19th cent.)


Born: 14th January, 1949 in Derby
Educated at Derby School and then became Organ Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford (1967-1970) where he read music. BA(Oxon) in 1970 and MA(Oxon) in 1974. He then spent a year at the University of York. He earned the FRCO diploma in 1970, followed by the CHM in 1981. Music master at St Peter's School, York (1971-1973) and Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashourne, Derbyshire (1973-1977). Assistant Organist of Wells Cathedral (1977-1983), Organist of Blackburn Cathedral (1983-1994), working concurrently as Music Master of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn. Organist of Norwich Cathedral (1994-1995).
Died: (?), 2008

COOPER, ELLEN MARY (1842-1914)

Born: (?), 1842 in Highbury, London
She was educated privately. The daughter of Joseph Thomas Cooper. A teacher of piano and organ. Organist of St Jude's Church, Mildmay Park, London (1867-1869), St Michael's Church, Queenhithe, London (1869-1870), Christ Church, Hampstead, London (1870-1879) and Christ Church, Highbury, London (1880-?).
Died: (?), 1914

COOPER, GEORGE (senior) (c.1783-1843)

(father of George junior)

Born: (?), c.1783
Assistant to Thomas Attwood at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Organist of St Sepulchre's Church, Holborn, London until his death and was succeeded by his son, George.
Died: (?), 1843 in London

COOPER, GEORGE (junior) (1820-1876)

(son of George senior)

Born: 7th July, 1820 in Lambeth, London
Organist of St Benet’s Church, Paul’s Wharf in London 1833 aged only 13, St Anne and St Agnes, Aldergate Street 1836. Sub organist of St Paul’s Cathedral on the retirement of his father George Cooper senior 1838-1876. Succeeded his father as organist of St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn in 1843. Music master at Christ’s Hospital. Organist of the Chapel Royal 1856-1876. As a young boy his improvisation were praised by Mendelssohn.

He is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery
Died: 2nd October, 1876 in St Pancras, London

COOPER, JAMES (or another James Cooper of Norwich) (c.1677-1721)

Born: (?), c.1677
(may be James Cooper, Organist of Norwich Cathedral).
Died: 26th January, 1721 in Norwich, Norfolk


Born: 25th May, 1819 in London
A pupil of Henry Holmes and Ignaz Moscheles. Organist of St Michael's Church, Queenhithe, London (1837-1844), St Paul's Church, Ball's Pond, London (1844-1866), except for three months in 1865 when he succeded R. Glenn Wesley as organist of St Matthew's Church, City Road, London. Associate of the Philharmonic Society (1845) and later full member (1871). Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (1848). Member of the Society of British Musicians (1851-1856). He succeeded John Boyer as Organist of Christ Church, Newgate, London (1866) and succeeded George Cooper (no relation) at Christ's Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex (1876).

He is buried in Islington Cemetery, Finchley, London
Died: 17th November, 1879

COOPER, (I or VINCENT KEITH or KING?) (1850-1922)

Born: (?), 1850
Died: (?), 1922

COPE, ANDREW (20th cent.)

(from George Frideric Handel) COPE, CECIL (1909-2003)

Born: 30th May, 1909 in Lichfield, Staffordshire
A chorister at Lichfield Cathedral under John Browning Lott. Ada Lewis Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, London and won a special scholarship to Trinity College of Music, London. A bass lay clerk at Rochester Cathedral (1927-1929), lay vicar at Westminster Abbey, London (1935-1940 and 1946) and a member of the New English Singers (1940-). Music master of St Marylebone Grammar School, London, a professor of singing at Trinity College, London (1936-1940) and at Morley College, Lambeth, London.
Following active army service in WW2 he became a music organiser in Devon (1946-1949). From 1949 he lectured in music at St Luke's College, Exeter.
Died: 13th January, 2003 in Forest Row, East Sussex


CORBETT, Dr SAMUEL (1852-1924)

Born: 29th January, 1852 in Wellington, Shropshire
A pupil of James Stimpson (Birmingham), Sir George Alexander Macfarren and James Coward in London. FCO in 1871, MusB(Cantab) in 1873 and MusD(Cantab) in 1879.
Organist of Christ Church, Wellington, Shropshire (1867), St Mary's Church, Bridgnorth, Shropshire (1875), All Saint's Church, Derby and Holy Trinity, Bournemouth, Dorset (1892-). He lost his eye-sight when only three months old but managed to train choirs and conduct concerts. He committed to memory performances of works such as Messiah and Elijah. For his MusD(Cantab) examination he took to memory Israel in Egypt. He acted as a press correspondent for the Birmingham and other festivals, following every note in a score.
Died: 18th January, 1924 in Parkstone, Dorset


The Corfe Dynasty of Salisbury for over 170 years


(son of Joseph Corfe)

Born: 9th April, 1773 in Salisbury, Wiltshire
A chorister of Westminster Abbey, London under Dr Benjamin Cooke (1783) and later had piano lessons with Clementi. He was appointed to succeed his father Joseph Corfe as Organist and 'Layman' of Salisbury Cathedral (15th November, 1804-1863). He apparently had fourteen children.

He is buried in the southern walk of the cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral.
Died: 28th January, 1863 in Salisbury, Wiltshire


(one of the youngest of Arthur Thomas Corfe's children)

Born: 13th July, 1814 in Salisbury, Wiltshire
He was probably a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. Taught by his father, Arthur Thomas Corfe. Graduated BMus(Oxon) in 1847 and DMus(Oxon) in 1852. He held the University offices of coryphaeus (1856) and choragus (1860) under Revd Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley. He was organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford from 1846 until he resigned in 1882. There is a story of his unvarying use of a certain group of stops, wittily named 'Corfe-mixture'!
Died: 16th December, 1883 in Oxford

CORFE, JOSEPH (1740-1820)

(father of Arthur Thomas Corfe)

Born: 25th December, 1740 in Salisbury, Wiltshire
A chorister under Dr John Stephens and later, Vicar Choral of Salisbury Cathedral. A Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (1781). His son John Corfe was appointed his deputy (1791). Organist and Master of the Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral (1792-1804).

He is buried in the north-west transept of Salisbury Cathedral.
Died: 29th July, 1820 in Salisbury, Wiltshire


Born: 8th May, 1828 in New York, USA
In 1848 he was appointed organist of Trinity Church in New York, USA. Here he studied harmony and composition but within a year he resigned and went to England where he visited the major cathedral cities. In York he joined the Roman Catholic church, later returning to the USA and entering a religious order in Baltimore. He left the order and toured England, Holland and Germany. Organist of St Paul's Chapel [Trinity Parish], New York (1868-1877) and subsequently for five years Organist of the Brick Church. He wrote several books.
Died: 1st March, 1894 in New York

COSTA, (?) (-)

COTTERILL, BRIAN (20th cent.)


Born: 18th September, 1928 in York
A student of Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow and his Assistant Organist at York Minster. Graduated from the University of Durham. In 1951 he became Director of Music at Pocklington School, York. He was FRCO and FTCM.
Died: 21st January, 2011

COTTON, HUMPHREY (1692-1749)

Born: (or baptised) 14th January, 1692 in St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
He succeeded William Pleasants as Organist of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich. He was Organist of Norwich Cathedral (29th December 1720-1749). In 1722 he was elected a Freeman of the City of Norwich.
Died: 19th September, 1749 in Norwich, Norfolk

COUCY SMALE, P. W. de (1875-1942)

Born: (?), 1875
Died: 8th April, 1942

COULSON, RICHARD (1948-2006)

Born: 20th June, 1948 in Gateshead, County Durham
Educated at Newcastle Cathedral and Newcastle School of Music, the Royal College of Music, London and (under a Churchill Fellowship) with Gustav Leonhardt in the Netherlands. He took organ lessons with Colin Ross and Richard Popplewell.
Sub-Organist of St Jude's Church, Courtfield Gardens, London (1966-1968), Esher Parish Church, Surrey (1969-). Director of Music at Reed's School, Cobham, Surrey (1989-). He was the first conductor of the 'Voices for Hospices' movement and a former chorus master for the 'Young Musicians' Symphony Orchestra.
Died: 27th August, 2006 probably in Chobham, Surrey


Born: (?), c.1868
A chorister then a bass lay clerk (1877-1898) and organist (1898-?) of Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Feis Ceoil Festival conductor and adjudicator.
Died: (?)



Born: (?) in St Neots, Huntingdonshire
Educated at Huntington Grammar School. LRAM and FRCO(CHM) (1953-1956), ARSCM (1963). Assistant Master of the Music of Peterborough Cathedral (1956-1959), Organist of the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (1959-1993). He directed many RSCM courses.


COVEY-CRUMP, ROGERS (20th cent.)

Born: 24th March, (?) in St Albans, Hertfordshire
A chorister at New College, Oxford and later a tenor lay clerk at St Alban's Cathedral. Studied at the Royal College of Music, London and gained diplomas and a prize for organ playing. He worked with many early music groups and in particular the Early Music Consort directed by David Munro. A member of the Baccholian Singers, Consort of Musicke, the Medieval Ensemble of London and the Landini, Deller and Taverner Consorts.
A founder in 1981 of the Gothic Voices. His main activity is as a member of the Hilliard Ensemble. He has made many recordings which include singing the part of the Evangelist in both of Johann Sebastian Bach's Passions, as well as the Mass in B minor.

COWARD, H. A. (-)

COWARD, JAMES (1824-1880)

(father of James Munro Coward)

Born: 25th January, 1824 in London
A chorister at Westminster Abbey, London. Organist of St Mary's Church, Lambeth, London (1845) and subsequently Organist of St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge; St George's Church, Bloomsbury, London; Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London (1857-1880).
Died: 22nd January, 1880 in Lupus Street, Pimlico, London


(son of James Coward)

Born: (?), 1853 in Shoreditch, London
A pupil of Sir Joseph Barnby. Believed to have some connection with the piano-making firm of Metzler and Co. Had given performances at the South Kensington Exhibition of 1885 and other venues.
Died: 1st April, 1913 in London

COWGILL, MICHAEL (20th cent.)

Born: 15th January, (?)
Director of Music at St Michael's Church, West Retford, Nottinghamshire.

COWLEY, F. (-)

COWPER, JOHN (c.1732-1799)

Born: (?), c.1732
He was probably a chorister in Lincoln Cathedral choir. Master of the Choristers at Lincoln Cathedral (1757-1799).
Died: 6th February, 1799 in Lincoln

COX, JOHN W. (-)

Born: (?), at Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex
Organist and Choirmaster of St Saviour's Church, Walthamstow, London and Woodford Parish Church, London (1910-).
Died: (?)

COXON, ROBIN ALAN (20th cent.)

Born: 26th February, (?) in Seaham, County Durham
A teacher of mathematics. Organist of St Francis Church, Welwyn and other churches in Hertfordshire.


Born: (?), 1861 in Padstow, Cornwall
Educated in Torquay, Devon. Music Master of New College, Margate, Kent (1885). Organist of Clonmel Parish Church, Ireland (1888) and The Garrison Church, Clonmel (1897). Conductor of Clonmel Choral Society.
Died: (?)


Born: 24th February, 1771 in Mannheim, Germany
A famous pianist and founder of Johann Baptist Cramer (publishers). He moved to England as an infant. Studied in London with Muzio Clementi.
Died: 16th April, 1858 in Middlesex

CRANGLE, LIAM (20th cent.)

Born: (?)
Sometime chorister in Armagh Cathedral, Northern Ireland. Composed aged 13.

CRAPPS, JOHN (1845-1929)

Born: (?), 1845 in Brighton, East Sussex
A pupil of Charles Goodban. Organist and Choirmaster of St Andrew's Church, Hove, East Sussex (1869-1900), All Saints' Church, Brighton, East Sussex (1900-1906) and St Peter's Parish Church, Henfield, West Sussex (1906). Musical Director to the Brighton Corporation, East Sussex (1896-1901) and conductor of numerous choral societies.
Died: (?), 1929

CRAWLEY, E. W. (could be F. W. Crawley) (-)

CRAWLEY, F. W. (could be E. W. Crawley) (-)

CRESER, Dr WILLIAM (1844-1933)

Born: 9th September, 1844 in York
A chorister at York Minster and at the age of 15 he became organist of Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate in York and later of St Paul’s Church, York. Graduated BMus(Oxon) in 1869 and DMus(Oxon) in 1880, and held the FRCO diploma. Organist of St Andrew's Church, Grinton, Richmond, North Yorkshire (1863-1875) and St Martin’s Church, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (1875) (where the services were of a Gregorian character), Leeds Parish Church (1881-1891) and the Chapel Royal (where he was chosen out of 300 candidates) (1891-1901). His regime was not a success, permanently at logger-heads with the lay clerks and came to a head when the Sub-Dean told him he was incompetent.
Died: 13th March, 1933 in London

CRISPIN, JARVIS (20th cent.)

CRISSMAN, JAMES H. (19th-20th cent.?)

CROFT, Dr WILLIAM (1678-1727)

Born: (?); baptised 30th December, 1678 in Nether Ettingon, Warwickshire
A chorister in the Chapel Royal and pupil of Dr John Blow. Organist of St Anne's Church, Soho, London (1700-1711). DMus(Oxon) in 1713. Gentleman Extraordinary at the Chapel Royal (1700), and joint organist of the same with Jeremiah Clark (1704), later sole organist (1707). Master of the Choristers and Composer to the Chapel Royal, and Organist (1704-1707 and 1707-1727). He succeeded Dr John Blow as Organist of Westminster Abbey (1708-1727). 'Tuner of the Regals' at the Chapel Royal (1716).

He is buried (near to Henry Purcell) in the North Choir Aisle of Westminster Abbey, London.
Died 14th August, 1727 in Bath, Somerset

CROOK, A. E. (-)

CROOK, HUBERT (1894 or 1897-1960)

Born: (?), 1894 or 1897 [?] in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
On the staff of the RSCM.
Died: 30th September, 1960

CROSBIE (or CROSBY) (may be Revd Howard Augustus) (1844-1918)

Born: (?), 1844
Died: (?), 1918


Born: (?), maybe in Ely, Cambridgeshire
Died: (?)

CROSS, WILLIAM (1777-1825)

Born: (?), 1777 in Oxford
Organist at a young age of St Martin's Church, Oxford (1791) as was his father. Organist of St John's College, Oxford (1806) and of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (1807-1825) in succession to Dr William Crotch. Graduated BMus(Oxon) in 1823. Organist of St Mary's [the University] Church, Oxford
Died: 20th June, 1825 in Oxford

CROSSLAND, Dr ANTHONY (20th cent.)

Born: 4th August, (?) in Nottingham
Educated at High Pavement School, Nottingham and Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (1957-1961). BA(Oxon) in 1960, BMus(Oxon) and MA(Oxon) in 1963. He was awarded the FRCO diploma in 1957 and CHM in 1958. Assistant Organist of Wells Cathedral (1961-1970) and succeeded Denys Duncan Rivers Pouncey as Organist of Wells Cathedral (1971-1996).

CROSTHWAITE, Revd JOHN CLARKE (1799 or 1800-1874)

Born: 25th May, 1799 or 1800 in Dublin
BA(Dublin) in 1823 and MA(Dublin) in 1826. He took Holy Orders in 1827. Precentor’s Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland (1834) and Dean’s Vicar (1837). Rector of St Andrew Hubbard and of St Mary-at-Hill Church, London (1844).
Died: (?), 1874 in Hornchurch, Essex

CROTCH, Dr WILLIAM (1775-1847)

(father of Revd William Crotch)

Born: 5th July, 1775 in Greens Lane, Norwich
'As a child he possessed a remarkable instance of precocious talent'. At the age of two he could play 'God save the King' with a bass part to the melody. Aged three his mother took him to London and the young lad played the organ at St James's Palace and at Buckingham House (later, Buckingham Palace). A pupil and assistant to Dr John Randall at Cambridge (1786-1788). Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (aged only 15) (1790-1807), of St John's College, Oxford (1797-1806). Matriculated on 18th January, 1791, took BMus(Oxon) on 5th June, 1794 and DMus(Oxon) on 21st November, 1799 from St Mary Hall. Professor of Music at the University in 1797 on the death of Dr Philip Hayes. During the Napoleonic Wars he took a commission in the Oxford Loyal Volunteers and was promoted to ensign on 8th October, 1803. Around 1807 Crotch settled in London but kept his Oxford professorship until his death. First Principal of the Royal Academy of Music (1822) and Lecturer at the Royal Institution (1822-1832). Crotch was a very accomplished artist.

He is buried in the Church of Bishop's Hull, near Taunton, Somerset.
Died: 29th December, 1847 at his son’s house (Revd William R. Crotch) in Taunton


(son of Dr William Crotch)

Born: (?), 1799 in Oxford
Studied at New College, Oxford. Graduated MA(Oxon) in 1826 and later made a Fellow of the College. Appointed Master of the College School, Taunton, Somerset. He married Elizabeth Duppa in Bridgnorth, Shropshire on 21st July, 1831. Elizabeth died in 1848.
Died: (?), 1877

CROUCH, WILLIAM (c.1749-c.1833)

Born: (?), c.1749
Sometime organist of St Luke’s Church (Chelsea, London?). Composer of piano and harpsichord music.
Died: 2nd June, c.1833 probably in London

CROUCHER, (?) (-)

CROW, Dr EDWIN JOHN (1841-1908)

(husband of Emily J. Crow)

Born: 17th September, 1841 in Sittingbourne, Kent
A chorister at Rochester Cathedral under Dr John Larkin Hopkins and John Hopkins. Organist and Choirmaster of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester (1861-1866), St Andrew's Church, Leicester (1866-1869), and St John's, Leicester (1871-1873). FRCO diploma in 1867, MusB(Cantab) in 1872, MusD(Cantab) in 1882. He succeeded George Bates as Organist of Ripon Cathedral (1874-1902). An original member of the Musical Association (1874). Conductor of the Ripon Musical Society (1875). Organist and Choirmaster at the church of Christ the Consoler, Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, North Yorkshire (1876-1881). Conductor of the Harrogate Vocal Union in 1880. Dismissed from the Cathedral in 1902 due to some misconduct.
Died: 6th December, 1908 in Harrogate, Yorkshire

CROW, Mrs. EMILY J. (1851-1923)

(wife of Dr E. J. Crow)

Born: (?)
Of Ripon, Yorkshire.
Died: (?)


(son of Dr Edwin and Emily Crow?)

CROWTHER, PETER (20th cent.)

Born: (?)
Organist of All Saints’ Parish (Minster) Church, Rotherham, South Yorkshire (1961), Organist and Master of the Music of Mary's, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (1966), Master of the Choir at Sheffield Cathedral (1977). Master in Charge of many RSCM music courses.


Born: 1st June, 1854 in Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland
Educated at Epsom College where he received his first musical instruction, later becoming a pupil of Thomas Hewlett. Graduated BMus(Oxon) in 1885. He was resident music master of the Loretto School, Musselburgh, Scotland (1874-1875). Organist and Choirmaster of St John's Church, Selkirk, Scotland and conductor of the Selkirk Choral Union (1875-1876). Organist of St John's Church, Alloa, Scotland and conductor of the Alloa Musical Association (1876-1880), Burnley Parish Church, Lancashire (1880) and conductor of the Burnley Vocal Union. Conductor of the Ruridecanal Festival Services.
Died: 26th September, 1934 in Burnley, Lancashire

CRUSE, EDWARD (1807-1879)

Born: (?), 1807
A teacher in London. Organist of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, then of St George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road, London from 1841 until his death.

He is buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.
Died: (?), 1879


Born: 13th December, 1863 in Tottenham, London
Educated at Edmonton Grammar School. FRCO, LMus.(TCL). A teacher of music. Organist of Ferns Chapel, Tottenham, London (1884-1890) and Organist and Singing Master of All Saints' Church, Edmonton, London (1889-1929).
Died: 28th November, 1954 at Palmers Green, London

CRUTTENDEN, AIDAN R. (20th cent.)

Born: (?) in Brighton, East Sussex
He sang in church and various choirs. He was a choral exhibitioner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and also sang in the University Chamber Choir under Richard Marlow. After graduating he stayed in Cambridge and sang with Jesus College choir, for whom he also composed anthems and other music. He was a choral scholar at Durham Cathedral while completing a PGCE there. He was a lay clerk at Canterbury Cathedral for nearly eight years; during that time he changed from singing tenor to counter-tenor and has sung solos in Handel and Mozart as well as the normal Cathedral repertoire. Some of his music is still sung at Canterbury, particularly for men’s voices. Aidan now lives in Dover and teaches at Dover Grammar School.

CUFF, C. R. (-)

CULLEN, JOHN GAVIN (20th cent.)

Born: 30th April, (?) in Broughty Ferry, Angus, Scotland

CULLEY, Revd ARNOLD DUNCAN (1867-1947)

Born: 9th March, 1867 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Attended Great Yarmouth Grammar School and later the Royal College of Music, London where he was the first holder of the Norfolk and Norwich Scholarship. Early appointments were at St Peter's Church, Hammersmith, London (1884) and Christ Church, Surbiton, Surrey (1889). Organ Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1891-1894). Ordained in 1894, his first appointment was at the Chapel Royal, Brighton, East Sussex and in 1897 was appointed Priest-Vicar Choral of Exeter Cathedral. He moved to Durham Cathedral as a minor canon and Precentor in 1906 and succeeded Dr Philip Armes as Organist of Durham Cathedral (1907-1932) whilst retaining his minor canonry and precentorship. Upon his retirement from Durham he became rector of Burwarton with Cleobury, Shropshire (1932-1941).

FRCO diploma (1887), BA(Cantab) and MusB(Cantab) in 1895 and MA(Dunelm) in 1898.
Died: 3rd December, 1947 in Seipton, Ludlow, Shropshire


Born: 1st July, (?)
Educated at Sir William Borlase’s School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. BA(Exon) in Economics (1964). He moved to York in 1969 where at the university he became professor at the Department of Economics and Related Studies. From 1986-2001 he was also Department Head, and from 1991-1997 Pro-Chancellor and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor. At the University of Toronto he was appointed Ontario Chair of Health Policy and System. In Toronto from 2003-2006, on leave from the University of York, he was also Chief Scientist at the Institute for Work and Health of which he is still an Adjunct Professor and chaired the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's Research Council. For many years he has been Organist and Choir Director at St Catherine's Church, Barmby Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, and continues to support church music as a Trustee and Council Member of the Royal School of Church Music. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

He was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1999.


Born: 22nd August, 1831 in Sidbury, Devon
A chorister at St Paul's Cathedral under William Hawes and subsequently in the Temple Church under Dr Edward John Hopkins. Whilst in the Temple he joined the altos in a performance of Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' (16th April, 1847). Organist of Waltham Abbey (1847). Permanent deputy Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey (1851). Member of the choir of the Temple Church (1853). Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (1865-1871). A tenor-alto singer. Principal of the Guildhall School of Music, London (1896).
Died: 6th June, 1915 in London

CURROR, IAN MUNRO (20th cent.)

Born: 5th June, (?) in Southampton, Hampshire
Organist and Director of Music at the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London for 37 years until 2012. A teacher at the Royal College of Music for over 30 years. More recently held similar posts at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Many of his pupils now hold prominent positions in the musical professions. An examiner for the ABRSM and for the RCO.
Currently based in South Devon and is Deputy Director of Music at Totnes Parish Church. A trustee member of the Royal Society of Musicians.


CUTLER, EDWARD (listed in some editions as William Henry) (1831-1916)

Born: 4th May, 1831 in Canons Park, Edgware, Middlesex (the seat of his grandfather, Sir Thomas Plumer, Master of the Rolls)
An amateur composer and litterateur. Educated at Eton College, Berkshire. A well-known QC and Chancery Barrister. Organist at Whitchurch, Edgware, London. Appointed by the Prince of Wales as Grand Organist of the Freemasons of England in 1891 – the first amateur to hold this post.
Died: 22nd December, 1916 in Westminster, London


Born: 13th October, 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Studied the organ under Aaron Upjohn Hayter, Organist of Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He went to Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany for further study in 1844. When he visited England he endeavoured to visit as many cathedrals as possible and to become familiar with their style of music. He was appointed Organist of Church of the Advent, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1852. In 1858 he became Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity Church, New York City, USA. He also played at churches in Brooklyn, New York; Providence, Rhode Island, Philadelphia; Troy, New York and Newark, New Jersey.
Died: 5th December, 1902 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Born: 14th January, 1792 in London
A chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, London (1800). Studied under Dr Samuel Arnold. Made his debut as a pianist with a concerto by Viotti in 1800. BMus(Oxon) in 1812. Organist of St Helen's, Bishopsgate, London (1818) and of Quebec Chapel, Portman Square, London (1824). Sang at Drury Lane Theatre in oratorio and taught music on the Logier's system.
Died: (?)

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