John Shore (trumpeter)

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For the British official of the East India Company, see John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth.

John Shore (c. 1662 – 1752) was an English trumpeter. He invented the tuning fork in 1711.[1] Shore was Sergeant Trumpeter to the court, who had parts specifically written for him by both George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell.[2]


  1. ^ Feldmann, H (1997). "History of the tuning fork. I: Invention of the tuning fork, its course in music and natural sciences. Pictures from the history of otorhinolaryngology, presented by instruments from the collection of the Ingolstadt German Medical History Museum". Laryngo- rhino- otologie 76 (2): 116–22. doi:10.1055/s-2007-997398. PMID 9172630. 
  2. ^ Watkins Shaw, ‘Shore, John (c.1662–1752)’, rev., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 20 Dec 2007