Richard Brind

(? - 1718)

English composer and organist. A choirboy at St Paul's Cathedral, he was later its organist through his death in 1718. He taught Maurice Greene, who succeeeded to the post on his death. Hawkins relates that one of Handel's favourite haunts in London was St. Paul's Cathedral, where Brind often persuaded him to play the organ after evening service, to the great delight of the congregation. Brind appears to have made Handel's acquaintance first through Maurice Greene, then aged seventeen, who had been a chorister of St. Paul's, and, after his voice broke in 1710, was articled to Brind as a pupil. It is said that after service was over, Handel, Greene, and some of the members of the choir would repair to the Queen's Arms Tavern close by for an evening of music and musical conversation.

VIIA: Henry Purcell and his Contemporaries