James Leach

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Born: 1761

Died: 8 February 1798


Leach was a hand-loom weaver who taught himself music in his spare time and eventually became a full-time choral director, before meeting an untimely end in a stagecoach accident at the age of thirty-six, in 1798.[1] Two volumes of his music, consisting principally of hymn tunes, were published during his lifetime. A third book, A Collection of Hymn Tunes and Anthems, was published posthumously: a substantial volume containing mainly anthems and Set pieces (through-composed settings of metrical texts), its title page notes that it was 'published for the benefit of his widow and children'.

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