- Nicholas Temperley
English family of musicians centred in Bath.
(bap. Bath, Aug 14, 1788; d London, Feb 13, 1846). Violinist and author of a violin tutor. A son of John Loder, violinist of Bath (bap. Candle Stourton, Devon, 23 Sept 1757; d Weymouth, 1795), he began early to play as a child prodigy, performing a violin concerto at the age of 8, when he also gave his first performance in London. From 1799 to 1836 he played in the orchestra of the Theatre Royal, Bath, as leader from 1807. From about 1812 his annual benefit night there became a considerable occasion, with visiting celebrities from London. In 1821 he engaged Angelica Catalani for a grand concert on 7 October; she returned her fee, ‘as a small tribute of regard for his private worth, and high professional skill’. He resigned in 1836 after a public quarrel with Woulds, the lessee of the theatre, but returned for two seasons in ...