(b London, 29 Nov. 1705; d London, 24 July 1752). English composer and violinist. He studied the violin with Geminiani and first played in public in 1724. In 1735 he was appointed Master of the King's Music, and during the 1730s and 40s he played an important part in London concert life: he was leader of the Philharmonic Society, director of the Hickford's Room subscription concerts, and from 1742 director also of the newly opened Ranelagh Gardens, for which he composed instrumental and vocal music. His violin music demonstrates his comprehensive knowledge of string technique.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.