Rudge, William, senior (organist)


Rudge, William, senior (organist)
Organist of St John's Church, Wolverhampton.
d. 1781
First mention of William Rudge in Sir Samuel’s letters comes on 17th February 1767: ‘Mr Rudge, the blind organist must wait my being at home will then do him any Service I can.’
This may have been in connection with Rudge's annual benefit concert, which he had at least from 1766 at Mr Badger’s New Room (Red Lion Inn). The concert in 1767 was held on 9th June (Aris's Birmingham Gazette, 8th June 1767)
Sir Samuel Hellier to John Rogers, 17th February, 1767
He subscribed to Clark’s Eight Songs [op. 1], 1760, Bond’s Six Concertos, 1766, and John Pixell’s Odes, Cantatas, Songs, &c., 1775. Listed as ‘Assistant Organist’ in list of subscribers to Alcock’s Thirty psalm tunes in four parts with symphonies, 1784. He is listed in Pearson and Rollason’s Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Bilston, and Willenhall Directory, 1781.
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