Turle, James

1802-1882

 

English organist of excellent ability; born at Somerton, Somerset, England. From 1810 to 1813 he was a chorister at Wells Cathedral under Dodd Perkins, and from 1819 to 1829 he played the organ at Christ Church, Surrey, from there going to St. James, Bermondsey, where he was organist from 1829 to 1831. He was Thomas Greatorex' assistant organist and choirmaster from 1819 to 1831 and succeeded to the position as organist and choirmaster on Greatorex' death, remaining active in this work until 1875 when he was succeeded by Sir J. F. Bridge, who had been his assistant. He was also musicmaster at the School for the Indigent Blind from 1829 to 1856, and composed many anthems, chants and services, and with Professor Taylor edited The People's Music Book. He was remarkably successful as a teacher. He died in London.