1841–1920

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 25, 1841, Stan­ning­ley, Eng­land.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 9, 1920, Ox­ford, Eng­land.

Buried: St. Cross churc­hyard, Ho­ly­well, Ox­ford­shire, Eng­land.

Biography

John was the son of Jo­seph Var­ley Ro­berts and Eliz­a­beth Hart­ley, and hus­band of Eliz­a­beth Yates Jane Mann­ing (mar­ried 1866).

He be­came or­gan­ist at St. John’s Church, Fars­ley, at age 12; St. Bar­thol­o­mew’s, Arm­ley, in 1862; and at the Hal­i­fax Pa­rish Church in 1868.

He was ed­u­cat­ed at Ox­ford (BMus 1871, DMus 1876), FCO 1876. He went on to be­come or­gan­ist and ma­gis­ter chor­is­tar­um at Mag­da­len Col­lege, Ox­ford (1882) and or­gan­ist at St. Giles’ Church, Ox­ford (1885–93).

In 1884, he found­ed the Un­i­ver­si­ty Mad­ri­gal and Glee Club at Ox­ford.

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