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  • The Camidge family supplied York Minster with organists for 103 years. Its members were John Camidge, in office 1756-1803 John's son Matthew Camidge, in office 1799-1842, as well as some psalm chants still in the Anglican repertoire, Matthew wrote "Six Concertos for the Organ or grand Piano Forte" Matthew's son John Camidge II, in office 1842-59 John's son Thomas Simpson Camidge Thomas's son John Henry Norrison Camidge William Camidge, the son of John Camidge II, wrote a biography of William Etty. John Camidge 1 was a composer and organist of York Minster from 1756. He gave Matthew, the sixth son, his early musical training. John Camidge 2 was the grandson of JC1, and also organist of York Minster. He suffered a paralytic stroke while playing the organ in 1848 and never played again. Like his father and his grandfather, he is best known as a composer of chants. JC2 had one daughter and three sons, Charles, John, and Thomas Simpson. John and Thomas Simpson followed their father's profession. The latter, having acted as his father's deputy following his paralysis, went on to become organist of Hexham Abbey.

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