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. 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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List of choral works
- O could I speak the matchless worth
- O love divine, how sweet thou art
- Shepherds, rejoice, and send your fears away
- With glorious clouds encompassed round
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- A New Sett of Hymns and Psalm Tunes, (1789)
- A Second Sett of Hymns and Psalm Tunes, [1789-1798]
- A Collection of Hymn Tunes and Anthems, 
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