Richard Redhead

REDHEAD, Richard. b. Harrow, 1 March 1820; d. Hellingly, Sussex, 27 April 1901. Redhead was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, and later an articled pupil of the organist, Walter Vicary. At Magdalen he came under the influence of Frederick Oakeley* who, in 1839, invited him to be organist of the new Margaret Chapel (the precursor of All Saints’ Church), Margaret Street, London. He moved from the latter to be the first organist of St Mary Magdalene’s, Paddington, in 1864, where he remained for thirty years; concurrently with his position at Margaret Chapel he briefly acted as organist at St Thomas’s, Portman Square and, in 1847, at St Andrew’s, Wells Street. As an organist Redhead was...

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