Vincent, Charles John

1852-

 

English organist and composer; born at Houghton-le-Spring, Durham. His father, also Charles John Vincent, was organist at St. Michael's. In 1864 he became a chorister at Durham Cathedral under Dr. Armes and in 1869 organist at Monkwearmouth. He studied at Leipsic Conservatory from 1876 to 1878, when for a while he was organist at Tavistock and Kelly College. He was organist of Christ Church, Hampstead, London, from 1883 to 1891. In 1893 he visited South Africa and in 1897 Australia as examiner for Trinity College. Among his compositions are the oratorio, Ruth; 68th Psalm, The Day of Rest, and The Crowning of the Wheat; cantatas; more than one hundred songs; orchestral overture, The Storm; pieces for cello and piano; the textbooks, A Year's Study at the Piano, First Principles of Music, Choral Instructor for Treble Voices, and On Scoring for an Orchestra.