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Philip Armes

ARMES, Philip. b. Norwich, 29 March (Grove), 15 August (ODNB) 1836; d. Durham, 10 February 1908. The son of Philip Armes, schoolmaster and bass singer, he was a chorister first under Dr Zechariah Buck at Norwich Cathedral (1846-48) and then (because his father moved to Rochester Cathedral as a lay clerk) under John Larkin Hopkins (1848-50). Armes was articled under Hopkins and gained experience as an organist at Holy Trinity Church, Milton, Gravesend, during the mid 1850s. In 1857 he moved to St Andrew’s, Wells Street, a fashionable and musically active church (particularly later under Joseph Barnby*). He took the Oxford BMus. in 1858 and DMus. in 1864 and was an honorary FRCO. In 1861 he...

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