Westrop, Henry John



English composer, organist and violinist; born at Lavenham, Suffolk, England; began his professional career at an early age, made a public debut at the theatre in Sudbury when he was only thirteen, appearing as violinist, vocalist and pianist. The only regular instruction he ever had was under a teacher at Norwich by the name of Petit. As organist he served at St Stephen's, Norwich, at Little Stanmore, at Fitzroy Chapel; from 1834 till the time of his death held the post of organist at St. Edmund's, London. In the orchestra of the Italian Opera and of the Philharmonic Society he played the violin for a time, became member of the Philharmonic Society. He was esteemed as a teacher; was author of two piano quintets, sonata for piano and violin, quartets, and other work.