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JONES , JOHN ( 1725? - 1796 ), musician ;

b. c. 1725 . He was appointed organist at Middle Temple on 24 Nov. 1749 , organist at Charterhouse (as successor to Dr. Pepusch ) 2 July 1753 , and organist at St. Paul's cathedral , Christmas 1755 . He published some salm-tunes in 1785 ; one of these was sung when George III visited St. Paul's , 23 Apr. 1789 , and also at the annual services for the children of the ‘ Welch Charity ’. After hearing this salm-tune being sung, Haydn wrote in his diary: ‘ No music has for a long time affected me so much as this innocent and reverential strain .’ He d. Feb. 1796 in London .

Sources:

  • Groves , Groves’ Dictionary of Music and Musicians , 4th ed., 1940 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890

Author:

Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 2001