to include local composers in their repertoire whenever possible, and the
choice so far in Warwickshire is from:
William Beasley, of
Brinklow, near Coventry, fl. 1789 - a mystery composer.
organist at Coventry, (1730-1790)
Michael Broome of Birmingham (b. ca. 1700 Abingdon, Berks)
Rev'd G Burder
of Coventry, fl. 1777
of Coventry, fl. 1727
Rev'd John Eagleton,
born Coventry 1785, d. 1832
John Geary, organist at Caldecote,
John Hill, (also of
the same period as Joseph Key), who started his musical life in Kent, at Lydd, but who moved to Rugby where much of his music was written
of Nuneaton, whose accomplished settings of Psalms and Anthems stem from an earlier part of the
west gallery period - the last third of the 18th century
John Moreton of Birmingham
William Perry - who for some time was
Organist and Quiremaster at the Congregational Church, Brook Street,
Warwick (then known as Cow Lane Chapel) and his son William Henry Perry
William Tanzer (although he spelled it "Tans'ur")
baptised 1706 in Dunchurch
Joseph Watts of Fenny Compton, fl. 1749, who was one of the earliest local
composers to use fuguing tunes
(Click on the highlighted names
to reach further information and history)
from just over the border into Northamptonshire:
Thomas Jarman (1776-1861) from Clipston(e)
Francis Timbrell, fl 1717 (although he moved around a lot)
John Arnold, who wrote The Leicestershire Harmony in
1759 (but who
in fact came mainly from Great Warley, in Essex). The full title of the
book is: The Leicestershire Harmony. Containing a Set
of Excellent Psalm-Tunes and Anthems, Entirely New. Also Two New
Chanting-Tunes for Te Deum and Magnificat. The Whole composed, in Modern
Taste, for Four Voices, By an Eminent Master of the County of Leicester;
And now first published For the Use of Country Churches.
here to a history of the west gallery
and other secular music of John Arnold and his connection with my
family church at Great Warley, Essex.
Pictures here of the 1904 Arts and Crafts
Church at Great Warley
John Valentine (fl 1735-1792)
and again into Oxfordshire:
b. 1700 fl. 1740, who published early books of
music, in both Oxford and Blewbury (now Berkshire but then Oxford) including some of the first printed 'fuguing'
Francis Saunders, of Thame, Oxfordshire, (1817-c.1875), who published The
Oxfordshire Melodist in 1844
Amram Taylor, of Ambrosden, Oxfordshire
(1802-1855), who published The Sacred Harp in 1842
Matthew Wilkins, of Great Milton, Oxfordshire, (1704-1772)
Daniel Warner, of Ewelme, Oxfordshire
Works by newly discovered composers from just over the border in
Oxfordshire, Amram Taylor of Ambrosden, nr.
Francis Saunders of Thame, were included in the 2006 Mid-Shires'
Quires' Day at Byfield, together with more well-known composer
Thomas Jarman, from Clipstone in
Northamptonshire. They continue to be firm favourites.