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date: 13 November 2019

Goss, Sir Johnlocked

  • W.H. Husk
  • , revised by Bruce Carr


(b Fareham, Hants., Dec 27, 1800; d London, May 10, 1880). English organist, composer and teacher. He was the son of Joseph Goss, organist of Fareham. In 1811 he became one of the children of the Chapel Royal under John Stafford Smith, and on leaving the choir became a pupil of Attwood. After a short period as a tenor in the chorus at Covent Garden, he became organist of Stockwell Chapel in 1821; in 1824 he was appointed organist of the new church of St Luke's, Chelsea, and in 1838 succeeded Attwood as organist of St Paul's Cathedral. On the death of William Knyvett in 1856 Goss was appointed one of the composers to the Chapel Royal. He was knighted in 1872, having composed the Te Deum and an anthem for the thanksgiving service on the recovery of the Prince of Wales. Shortly afterward he resigned his duties at St Paul's, although he retained the title until his death. He was created DMus at Cambridge in ...

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