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William Amps

AMPS, William. b. Cambridge, 18 December 1824; d. Cambridge, 20 May 1910. He became organist of King’s College, Cambridge in 1855, succeeding the elderly John Pratt. Matriculating at Peterhouse, he took the degrees of BA (1858) and MA (1862) and undertook the conducting of the Cambridge University Musical Society for some years. He was also organist at Peterhouse and Christ’s College. On resigning his organist’s post at King’s in 1876 he was succeeded by Arthur Henry Mann*; but we know nothing of his later career. Amps composed a good deal of music, including piano sonatas and part songs (the manuscript material of which surfaced in the 1930s at Christ’s College), but his music is now...

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