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date: 18 November 2019

Harris, Jameslocked

  • Clive T. Probyn

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(b Salisbury, July 20, 1709; d Salisbury, Dec 22, 1780). English writer and musical amateur. He was the eldest son of James Harris by his second wife, Lady Elizabeth Ashley Cooper, sister of the 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury. He studied at Oxford and at Lincoln’s Inn, and was MP for Christchurch from 1761, holding various government offices. He wrote on many subjects, including music. He patronized Salisbury musicians and brought London performers to Salisbury through his association with the Salisbury Subscription Concerts (also known as the Society of Lovers of Musick), and from the mid-1740s was consultant and occasional manager of the Annual Musical Festival, for which he directed from the harpsichord and supplied music, some of it of his own composition. His library contained much music, including Italian and Elizabethan works. Handel and Sacchini (his daughter Louisa’s teacher) visited him, and he may also have known Pepusch. His ...

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