Knyvett, William, English singer, conductor, and composer, son of Charles Knyvett Sr. , and brother of Charles Knyvett Jr. ; b. London, April 21, 1779; d. Ryde, Isle of Wight, Nov. 17, 1856. He was a pupil of his father and of Samuel Webbe. He became a treble singer at the Concerts of Ancient Music (1788), and also sang alto there from 1795. He was its director (1832–0), and also of the Birmingham Festivals (1834–43). He became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (1797), and later was made a composer there (1802). He composed a number of glees, his When the Fair Rose winning a prize of the Harmonic Soc. in 1800.
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