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date: 17 August 2019

Robinson family(ii)locked

  • Robert Pascall

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Irish family of musicians.

(b Dublin, c1799; d Dublin, Oct 21, 1872). Tenor, organist and composer. His father Francis was an administrator and baritone, who in 1810 founded the Sons of Handel, a large-scale concert-giving society. Francis James Robinson was a chorister in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and assistant organist from 1816 to 1841. He was also organist at St Patrick's Cathedral there (1828–9) and a tenor vicar-choral at Christ Church from 1833 until his death and at St Patrick's from 1843. In June 1834 he sang an important role at the Musical Festival in Westminster Abbey. He composed church music and songs, and was given an honorary MusD at Dublin in 1852. His brother William (b Dublin, c1805) was a bass, and sang in the choirs of St Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church and Trinity College; another brother, John (b Dublin, ...

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