Dykes, Rev. John Bacchus


Composer of several beautiful hymns and anthems, which are very well known. He was born at Kingston-upon-Hull, England, and was the son of a bank manager at Hull. Was educated at Wakefield, entering St. Catherine's Hall, Cambridge, in 1843. While there he was a leading member of the University Musical School. Prior to entering college he studied music under Skelton, the organist of St. John's Church, Hull, which had been built by his grandfather, Rev. Thomas Dykes. He afterward studied under Dr. Walmisley and in 1847 graduated from Cambridge, and the same year was appointed curate at Malton, Yorkshire. In 1849 he became minor canon and precentor of Dunham Cathedral. He is best known as the composer of church hymns, which are beautiful examples of modern church music. His services and anthems are occasionally used, but do not rank with his hymns. A son, John St. Oswald Dykes, is a composer and pianist.