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Fisher, John Abraham

Paul F. Rice

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Dunstable or London, 1744; d Ireland, 1806). English violinist and composer. Under the patronage of Lord Tyrawley he studied violin with Thomas Pinto and made his solo début at the King's Theatre on 25 January 1765, at a benefit concert for the Musicians' Fund. He appeared there again as a soloist on 23 January 1767. Opportunities for composition led Fisher to the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, where his contributions to the score of Love in the City were heard on 21 February 1767. He soon became attached to this theatre, where he served as orchestra leader from about 1768 to 1778. During the summer months, Fisher led the Vauxhall orchestra (1769 according to the journals of John Marsh), and composed instrumental and vocal works for presentation there. Fisher also took part in the musical activities of the Masonic order. He was commissioned to compose an anthem and an ode for the dedication of the New Freemasons' Hall (London) in ...

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