John Reading

(1677 - 1764)

English composer and organist. He was educated by Blow at the Chapel Royal until his voice broke in 1699. Served as organist at Dulwich College (1700-1702), and as Junior Vicar and Poor Clerk of Lincoln Cathedral, as was his father, from 1702; and master of the choristers (1703) and 'Instructor of the Choristers in vocal music' (1704) there; also organist of St. John's, Hackney (1708-27), and of St. Mary Woolnoth (1727? - ?) and St. Mary Woolchurch Haw. From some time in the 1730s, organist of St. Dunstan in the West. A composer mostly of church music; his works were influenced by the Italian style. Published compositions include A Book of New Songs ... with Symphonies(London, ca. 1710) and A Book of New Anthems ... with Proper Ritornels(London, ca. 1715); he somposed the hymn Adeste Fideles. He is sometimes confused with his father, also named John (ca 1645-92), who was a composer and was employed for a time by Lincoln Cathedral. He taught the blind organist John Stanley, among others.

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