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Alcock, John(i)locked

  • Watkins Shaw
  •  and Peter Marr


(b London, April 11, 1715; d Lichfield, Feb 23, 1806). English organist and composer, father of John Alcock (ii). He was a chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral when, in his own words (GB-Lcm 1189), he and Boyce were ‘Schoolfellows and Bedfellows’ under Charles King. Afterwards he was apprenticed to John Stanley. In the early years of the 18th century, growth in the number of organs in large provincial parish churches afforded new professional opportunities, and Alcock is an early example of an organist who reached a cathedral position through posts in parish churches – in his case St Andrew’s, Plymouth (...

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London, St Paul's Cathedral Library
Lichfield, Cathedral Library
Music & Letters
London, British Library
London, Royal College of Music, Library
New York, Public Library at Lincoln Center, Music Division
Musical Times
Oxford, Bodleian Library
Cambridge (MA), Harvard University, Harvard College Library
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