Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Master of the Music 1660–1837
Also known under Charles II as master of the king's violins, the master of the music was appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. (fn. 1) In addition to administering the various royal musicians, he was also responsible for composing, 'fair writing and pricking' royal birthday and New Year's odes when no other musician had been given the commission. (fn. 2) Prior to 1782, he received a salary of £200 from the treasurer of the chamber. By that date, he also received £25 for writing the annual ode for the King's birthday and £39 6s for the musical preparations for that event (and the same again for the Queen's birthday). Prior to the appointment of a separate conductor of music he received £100 for this service. (fn. 3) By the end of the period, he held for life at a salary of £265 plus fees of honor. (fn. 4)
Conductor of Music c. 1765–1837
This officer was called the 'assistant master of music' in 1765. The conductor of music made £100 from 1787 to the end of the period. By the end of the period, he held for life. (fn. 5)