WALKER, Thomas. b. 1764; d. 5 July 1827. An alto singer, teacher, and composer active in London, he began to play an important part in Baptist hymnody as musical adviser to John Rippon*, minister of the prominent Baptist church at Carter Lane in the City of London. From about 1793 he was Rippon’s chief musical adviser, and appears to have been the musical editor of successive editions of Rippon’s Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes from about 1792 to 1825. According to Manley, this tunebook was advertised in the 1788 edition of the Selection as a projected volume ‘by John Rippon and Robert Keene’ and in the 1792 edition of the Selection as ‘by John Rippon and Thomas Walker’. Walker...
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