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Crotch, William

Crotch, William (b Norwich, 1775; d Taunton, 1847). Eng. organist, teacher, and composer. Child prodigy, giving org. recitals in London when 4, a pupil-ass. org. of King's and Trinity Colleges, Cambridge, at 11, wrote oratorio The Captivity of Judah at 14; org., Ch. Ch. Cath., Oxford, at 15, took B.Mus. at 19, became Oxford prof. of mus. (and org. St John's Coll.) at 22 (1797) and D. Mus. 1799. Left Oxford for London 1807 (but remained prof. of mus.) and gave org. and pf. recitals. His sym. was perf. at Philharmonic Soc. concert 1814. First Prin., RAM, 1822–32. Comp. prolifically in many genres. His ch. Lo, star-led chiefs from the oratorio Palestine (1812) is still heard as an anthem. Retired 1834.

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