1799–1885

Introduction

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 11, 1799, Folke­stone, Kent, Eng­land.

Died: Ap­ril 23, 1885, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Biography

Purday was ap­point­ed con­duct­or of psalm­o­dy at Crown Court Scots Church in Co­vent Gar­den, London, in the 1840’s, dur­ing the min­is­try of Dr. John Cum­ming.

Cum­ming’s church was so po­pu­lar that it was said traf­fic could not move in Bow Street and Dru­ry Lane for the throng of car­ri­ages mak­ing their way to ser­vic­es.

Purday was a fine vo­cal­ist and had sung at the co­ro­na­tion of Queen Victoria.

He be­came a mu­sic pub­lish­er, and was a pi­o­neer in the move­ment for co­py­right law re­form.

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Music