William Hayes

HAYES, William. b. Gloucester, 1708 (baptized 26 January); d. Oxford, 27 July 1777. He was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral and articled to the organist William Hine. In 1729 he was appointed organist of St Mary’s, Shrewsbury, and in 1731 moved to Worcester as organist of the Cathedral. Three years later he was elected organist and Informator Choristarum of Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1741 he was elected to the Professorship of Music at the University of Oxford and became organist of St Mary the Virgin, the University Church. He was awarded the degrees of BMus (1735) and DMus (1749). He conducted the meetings of the Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester in 1757, 1760 and 1763. After his...

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