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Church, John

Margaret Laurie

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.05734

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(b 1674; d London, Jan 6, 1741). English composer and singer. He was trained as a chorister at St John’s College, Oxford. He may have been the John Church from Oxford who was apprenticed to the music publisher Henry Playford on 3 June 1689 but did not complete his apprenticeship, or the one from Alscott [?Ascot], Berkshire, who matriculated at St Edmund’s College, Oxford (‘aged about 14’), on 31 March 1690 and gained the BA in 1693, though the latter seems slightly too young. By 1695 he was singing tenor at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London. He was appointed a Gentleman Extraordinary of the Chapel Royal on 31 January 1697 and admitted to a full place on 1 August; in the same year he also became a lay vicar at Westminster Abbey, where he was Master of the Choristers from 1704 until Michaelmas 1740. He was principal copyist for both the Chapel Royal and Westminster Abbey until about ...

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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