HORSLEY, William. b. London, 15 November 1774; d. Kensington, London, 12 June 1858. He was articled to the pianist Theodore Smith at the age of 16, becoming organist of Ely Chapel, Holborn at 19 (1794-98). Later he studied composition with John Wall Callcott, and assisted him at the organ of the Asylum for Female Orphans. He was awarded the degree of BMus at Oxford in 1800. In 1802 he succeeded Callcott as organist of the Asylum, and married his daughter in 1813. In 1820 he published A Collection of Hymns & Psalm Tunes, sung in the Chapel of the Asylum for Female Orphans. He was also organist of Belgrave Chapel (1812–37) and of the Charterhouse in the City of London (1838–58).
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