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                                  Church Music Composers
CROFT, William (1678–1727). Was a chorister at the Chapel Royal under John Blow and in  he succeeded his master as organist of Westminster Abbey where he was eventually buried. His well- known Burial Service has been used for many royal and other state funerals. He composed around  anthems, some organ music and the hymn tunes St Anne and Hanover are also attributed to him.
CROTCH, William (1775–1847). Was said to have been able to play God Save the King on the organ at the age of two and to have given an organ recital before the King at the age of four. He studied in Oxford and was organist of Christ Church Cathedral at the age of . In  he became the first Principal of the Royal Academy of Music in London. His oratorio Palestine was once popular and Lo! Star-led chiefs from this is often sung at Epiphany. How dear are thy counsels is another anthem that remains popular.
DARKE, Harold (1888–1976). Studied with Stanford and served as organist at St Michael’s, Cornhill in London for  years during which time he gave around  lunch-time organ recitals. He deputised for Boris Ord at King’s College, Cambridge during the war years. He is perhaps best known for his carol In the bleak mid-winter, his Evening Service in F and for three Communion Services. He also composed some notable organ music.
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