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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837
'The Chapel Royal: Organists and organ staff', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 288-290. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43828 Date accessed: 23 July 2014.
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Organist in Extraordinary 1695–1697; 1700–1704
Organ Staff 1660–1837
Organ Blower 1687–1837
Organ Maker 1661–1830
Tuner of the Regals, Organs, Flutes, Recorders and Winds 1660–?1789
Keeper, Mender, Maker, Repair and Tuner of the Regals, Organs, Virginals, Flutes, etc. in Extraordinary
The organists were appointed by the dean of the chapel and sworn in by the sub dean. There were three organists from 1660 to 1674, four from 1674 to 1687, three again from 1687 to 1697 (one position being Extraordinary 1695 to 1697); and two thereafter (one such position being held jointly from 1704 to 1707). Francis Pigot received £100 in 1700. In 1704, the organists are listed at £73 per annum apiece, divided into wages of £11 8 s 1 1/2d and of £61 11s 10 1/2d. (fn. 1) By the early-nineteenth century Sir George Smart was established at £58 per annum.
The organ blower, organ maker and tuner of the regals were appointed by the lord chamberlain via warrants to the gentlemen ushers, daily waiters. The organ blower made £10 on the Establishment of 1689, raised to £20 on that of 1702. (fn. 3) The organ maker received £20 per diem in 1660 but is listed as unsalaried in 1720. (fn. 4) The tuner of the regals, etc., made £56 per annum for keeping the organs in repair in 1702. (fn. 5)
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