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John Alcock

ALCOCK, John. b. London, 11 Apr 1715; d. Lichfield, Staffordshire, 23 Feb 1806. Alcock trained as a chorister of the Chapel Royal under Charles King. He was also a student of the great organist John Stanley*. He was organist of parish churches in Plymouth (1737-42) and Reading (1742-50), and then of Lichfield Cathedral (1750–60). He then returned to parochial work in Midland towns, becoming organist of Sutton Coldfield (1761–86) and Tamworth (1766–90). He received the Oxford degrees of BMus (1755) and DMus (1766). Alcock was a well known personality in the world of church music, and published several writings, including an anonymous memoir, as well as a number of compositions. He...

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