Adams, Thomas, English organist and composer; b. London, Sept. 5, 1785; d. there, Sept. 15, 1858. At age 11, he became a student of Thomas Busby. He pursued his career in London, where he became organist at Carlisle Chapel, Lambeth, in 1802, and at St. Paul’s, Deptford, in 1814. In 1824 he was made organist at St. George’s, Camberwell, and in 1833 at St. Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street, positions he held until his death. Adams acquired a notable reputation as an organ virtuoso. In addition to various fugues, voluntaries, interludes, and other organ pieces, he also wrote some piano and vocal music.
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