HILES, Henry. b. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 31 December 1826; d. Worthing, Sussex, 20 October 1904. Hiles was a self-taught organist with the assistance of his brother John (1810-1882), and he was playing in local churches at an early age. At the age of 18 he became organist of the large parish church at Bury, Lancashire, moving to Bishopwearmouth, County Durham, where he was organist from 1847 to 1852. He travelled widely from 1852 to 1859, visiting Australia and other places. On his return he settled in Manchester as organist of the Blind Asylum, with posts in nearby parish churches. He took the BMus at Oxford in 1862 and the DMus in 1867.
In 1867 he was appointed to a lectureship in harmony...
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