Thomas Simpson Camidge

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Thomas Simpson Camidge (2 February 1828 - 19 December 1913) was an organist and composer based in England. [1]

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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He was born on 2 February 1828, the son of John Camidge, Organist of York Minster.

York Minster Church in York, England

The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the third-highest office of the Church of England, and is the mother church for the Diocese of York and the Province of York. It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of York. The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum.

He was educated at St Peter's School, York, and at the Leipzig Conservatoire from 1846.

St Peters School, York School in York

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On 29 June 1852 he married Mary Catherine Norrison. His eldest son John Henry Norrison Camidge also became an organist.

John Henry Norrison Camidge was a composer and organist based in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire.

He spent the last few years of his life in Oystermouth and died in Mumbles on 19 December 1913.


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  1. The Camidges of York. Five Generations of a Musical Family. David Griffiths. Borthwick Publications. 2010