- Nicholas Temperley
English family of musicians.
(b Birmingham, Sept 14, 1833; d Birmingham, Aug 24, 1858). Composer and pianist. He was the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Bache (1804–76), a well-known Unitarian minister who officiated at the New Meeting, Birmingham (1832–59), and his wife Emily Higginson (d 1855), from whom Francis inherited his musical gifts. He was educated at his father’s school and studied with James Stimpson, city organist of Birmingham, and with Alfred Mellon. He played the violin in the 1846 Birmingham Festival, and in 1849 went to London as a private pupil of Sterndale Bennett, with whom he studied composition for more than three years. In October 1850 he became organist of All Saints, Gordon Square. In this period he composed concertos, overtures, two dramatic pieces, a string quartet and a piano trio, as well as many piano pieces. His first appearance as a concert performer was at Keighley, Yorkshire, on ...