Born: January 29, 1854, Old Oxenhope, West Yorkshire, England.
Died: January 30, 1928, Shipley, West Yorkshire, England.
Buried: Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, West Yorkshire, England.
Parker was the son of Abraham and Martha Parker. Musically inclined, they named most of their children after composers.
By the time Handel was seven years old, the family was living in the hamlet of Marsh, and Handel was playing flute in the Drum and Fife Band in Oxenhope (near Keighley). At age 14, he began playing the parish church’s organ.
He left school at age 13 to work in a textile mill, and around age 20 became a professional musician. He taught flute, violin, and trombone, played and conducted brass bands in West Yorkshire, (including one at Haworth, the town known as the home of the Brontë sisters and the fictional Railway Children).
Parker also gave organ recitals and conducted choirs. For a while, he was organist and choirmaster at the cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas.
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