Nares, James, English organist, teacher, and composer; b. Stanwell, Middlesex (baptized), April 19, 1715; d. London, Feb. 10, 1783. He was a chorister in the Chapel Royal under Gates, and also studied with Pepusch. After briefly serving as assistant to John Pigott, the organist of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, he became organist of York Minster in 1735. In 1756 he succeeded Greene as one of the organists to the Chapel Royal. He received a Mus.D. from Cambridge Univ. in 1757, then was Master of the Children at the Chapel Royal (1757–80). He publ, a dramatic ode, The Royal Pastoral for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (c. 1769) and A Collection of Catches, Canons and Glees (c. 1775).
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