Biography of Dr William Rea
Rea, Dr William. Hon.F.R.C.O., Hon.Mus.D. (Dunelm, 1886).
Articled pupil of Josiah Pittman; pupil of Sir Sterndale Bennett (piano); studied in Leipzig with Moscheles and Ernst Friedrich E. Richter; in Prague with Dreyschock; pupil of Ignaz Moscheles.
Organist of Christ Church, Watney Street, London, 1843; the Harmonic Union, 1853; St. Andrew’s, Undershaft, London, -1858; St. Michael’s, Stockwell, 1858-60; to the corporation of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1860-88; St. Thomas’, North Shields; St. Andrew’s, North Shields; St. Mary’s, North Shields, 1864-78; St. Hildas, South Shields, 1878-.
Founded the Polyhymnian Choir, 1856. Composed organ and piano music, anthems, songs, &c.
b. London, England, Mar. 25th, 1827;
d. Newcastle-on-Tyne, Mar. 8th, 1903.
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