John Frederick Lampe

LAMPE, John Frederick. b. perhaps Braunschweig/Brunswick, 1702/3; d. Edinburgh, 25 July 1751. Lampe was a German-born composer and performer, who was described as coming from Brunswick in the records of the University of Helmstedt, where he studied law from 1718 to 1720. He settled in Britain from 1725/6, establishing himself as a harpsichordist and bassoonist, performing under Handel*’s direction, and also as a composer of operatic music. In the mid-1740s, he came into contact with John* and Charles Wesley*, probably through Priscilla Rich, a mutual acquaintance and Methodist convert. In the 1740s, the Wesleys leased a Chapel in West Street, which enabled them to minister within London’s...

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