Charles William Perkins

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C.W. Perkins at the console of the organ in Birmingham Town Hall ca. 1915 C.W. Perkins, City organist, Birmingham Town Hall.jpg
C.W. Perkins at the console of the organ in Birmingham Town Hall ca. 1915

Charles William Perkins (4 October 1855 - 2 August 1927) was Birmingham City Organist from 1888 to 1923. [1]



He was born in 1855 the son of Robert A Perkins, jeweller, and Hannah.

He studied organ under Andrew Deakin, organist of the Church of the Saviour in Edward Street, Birmingham and studied piano under Dr. Charles Swinnerton Heap.

He spent his early years in London where he was also a conductor of the Epsom Choral Society. In November 1887 he wrote from his home at 5 Redburn Street, Tedworth Square, London to apply for the post of organist at Sydney Town Hall but withdrew when he was appointed Birmingham City Organist early the next year. [2]

In 1894 Théodore Salomé dedicated the first of his Douze pièces nouvelles pour orgue, vol. 1, op. 59 to Perkins.

In 1890 he married Mabel Norah Stone (1873 - 1943) and they had the following children:

For the greater part of his life he lived at 2 Piers Road, Handsworth, Birmingham.

He died on 2 August 1927 in Bickley, Kent. [3]


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  1. "The retirement of Mr. Charles William Perkins" . Dudley Chronicle. England. 25 October 1923. Retrieved 8 January 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. "Letter: Charles William Perkins, Organist & Director of Choir of St. Michael's Paddington, London". City of Sydney Archives and History Resources. City of Sydney. 9 November 1887. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  3. "Mr C.W. Perkins dead" . Birmingham Daily Gazette. England. 3 August 1927. Retrieved 8 January 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. "Carrs Lane Church" . Birmingham Daily Post. England. 13 March 1915. Retrieved 10 January 2021 via British Newspaper Archive.