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date: 02 June 2020

Tuckey, Williamlocked

  • Richard Crawford
  • , revised by Nicholas Temperley


(b Somerset, 1708; d Philadelphia, Sept 14, 1781). English singer, teacher and composer. He was parish clerk of St Mary le Port, Bristol, and was a lay clerk in the cathedral choir from 1748 to 1752. He then emigrated to New York, where he remained from 1753 to 1773. He served as clerk of Trinity Church (1753–6), where he introduced, probably for the first time in North America, something like a full choir service on Anglican lines, using a choir of charity children. On 29 December 1755 he and William Cobham gave a concert of secular vocal and instrumental music for their own benefit – the first of many such events that Tuckey organized. In 1761 he directed an anthem on the death of George II. He appeared on 1 January 1762 as Mr Peachum in a performance of The Beggar’s Opera at the New Theatre in Chapel Street, ‘for his diversion’. On ...

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