James Turle

TURLE, James. b. Somerton, Somerest, 5 March 1802; d. London, 28 June 1882. Turle was a chorister at Wells Cathedral before being articled to J. J. Goss (uncle of Sir John Goss*); on Goss’s death in 1817 he became a pupil of G.E. Williams, organist of Westminster Abbey, whose assistant he later became. On Williams’ death in 1819 he was appointed to succeed him as organist of the Philanthropic Chapel, and in the same year he was also appointed organist of Christ Church, Southwark. In 1829 he moved to the new church of St James, Bermondsey, and in 1831 was appointed organist of Westminster Abbey where he had continued to act as assistant. Turle retired from active duty in 1875 but retained...

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