TOURS, Berthold. b. Rotterdam, 17 December 1838; d. Hammersmith, London, 11 March 1897. His father, Barthélemy Tours, was organist of St Laurence Church, Rotterdam. After early lessons with his father and from Johannes Verhulst he studied at the Brussels and Leipzig Conservatoires before spending two years in Russia (1859-61) in the service of Prince George Galitsin. In 1861 he settled in London as a violinist, writer and teacher and in 1862 was appointed organist of the Swiss Church, Holborn. From 1872 he worked for Novello, Ewer & Co., initially as assistant to the musical adviser and editor Joseph Barnby* (followed by John Stainer*) and, after 1877, as adviser and editor in his own...
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