Born: July 27, 1741, Bordeaux, Gironde, France.
Died: July 23, 1808, Christchurch, Surrey, England.
Buried: Westminster Abbey, London, England.
François was the son of wig maker Emmanuel Barthélémon, who worked for the French government in one of their colonial départements. His mother was an Irish lady from a wealthy family in Queen’s County.
His wife was soprano, composer and harpsichordist Mary Young, niece of Mrs. Thomas Arne and Mrs. John Lampe (married 1766).
François started out as an officer in the Irish Brigade of Berwick’s Regiment, then became a professional violinist on the advice of the Earl of Kelly.
He studied musical composition and violin in Paris, and played in the orchestra of the Comédie-Italienne.
He moved to England in 1765, and by 1770 was leading the Vauxhall Gardens Orchestra. He also composed operas and other music.
He became associated with Jacob Duché, chaplain of the Royal Female Orphan Asylum, and wrote his tune Morning Hymn at Duché’s request.
In 1776 he made a professional tour through Germany, Italy, and France. He visited Dublin in 1784.
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