WAINWRIGHT, John. b. probably Stockport, Cheshire, 1723 (baptized 14 April); d. Manchester, 1768 (buried 28 January). Wainwright trained as a musician. He married in 1746, in which year he became a singing man at the Collegiate Church, Manchester (now the Cathedral). In 1748 he became deputy organist at the Collegiate Church, and was made organist in 1767. The Wainwright family had close connections with Stockport Parish Church, but the oft-repeated claim that John Wainwright was organist there seems to be spurious. Wainwright published a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, Hymns and Chants (1766), including 23 tunes of his own. He died in 1768 and was buried in Stockport.
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