John Baptiste Calkin

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Born: 16 March 1827

Died: 15 April 1905

Biography John Baptiste Calkin was born in London, England, and received his musical education from his father James Calkin (1786–1862), a pianist, cellist, and composer. J. Baptiste was organist, preceptor and choirmaster at the St. Columba’s College in Dublin. Returning to London, he held organist positions at several churches, including Woburn Chapel, London; Camden Road Chapel; and St. Thomas’s Church, Camden Town. He also was professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later at the Croydon Conservatory. As a composer, he is known for his hymn tunes, anthems and part-songs. Perhaps his most well-known tune is WALTHAM. It is the carol “I heard the bells on Christmas Day.”

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