John Henry Norrison Camidge

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John Henry Norrison Camidge (8 December 1853 - 22 September 1939) was a composer and organist based in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Composer person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition

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Organist musician who plays any type of organ

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Beverley town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England

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He was born in 1853, the son of Thomas Simpson Camidge, and baptised in St. Michael-le-Belfrey on 5 January 1854.

Thomas Simpson Camidge was an organist and composer based in England.

He was a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He matriculated in 1875.

He was appointed organist at Beverley Minster on 15 July 1876. [1]

Beverley Minster Church in England

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He was also music master at Beverley High School and conductor of the Beverley Choral Society.

He retired in 1933 [2] but continued as Organist Emeritus until his death on 22 September 1939.



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  1. The Camidges of York: Five Generations of a Musical Family. David Griffiths. Borthwick Publications, 2010
  2. Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 27 September 1939