- Vernon Gotwals
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(b London, UK, Jan 1, 1885; d Los Angeles, CA, Jan 13, 1954). American organist and composer of English birth. He was educated at the Royal College of Music and came to the USA in 1904. He was organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Church, Wichita, Kansas (1907–11) and then at St John’s Cathedral, Quincy, Illinois. In 1914 he received the DMus from the Grand Conservatory of Music, New York; the same year he became a US citizen and moved to Los Angeles where he was appointed organist and choirmaster of St John’s Church, a position he held for 40 years. In addition to conducting a 60-voice choir and giving recitals, Diggle composed prolifically, wrote for The Diapason, The American Organist, Etude, and Musical Opinion, and took a leading role in the American Guild of Organists. Diggle’s compositions, which range from easy and melodious to serious and difficult, have virtually disappeared from the repertory, although some of his works, notably the choral ...