ATTWOOD, Thomas. b. Pimlico, London, 1765 (baptized 23 November); d. Chelsea, London, 24 March 1838. Thomas Attwood, his father, was a coal merchant and musician: an under-page in the court of George III, he was also a viola player in the king's band as well as a trumpeter. This connection with royalty and royal patronage was of immense benefit to his son who became a chorister in the Chapel Royal at the age of nine. After leaving the choir at the age of sixteen in 1781, he became a Page of the Presence to the Prince of Wales who was so taken with Attwood’s musical abilities that he was sent abroad to continue his studies. Between 1783 and 1785 he worked in Naples under the guidance of...
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