Charles John Blood Meacham

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The organist Charles John Blood Meacham and his son John. Photograph from ca. 1890.

Charles John Blood Meacham (20 December 1850[1] - 16 January 1930) was an English organist and composer.


Charles John Blood Meacham, was born on 20 December 1850 and baptised on 2 February 1851. He was the son of John Meacham (1819 – 1887) and Elizabeth Blood (1814 – 1877). He was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge where he was awarded Mus.B. in 1871.[2] He then trained at Ely Cathedral.

He married Eliza Melson on 28 August 1877 in Lapworth Parish Church. They had one son, Hugh St. Alban Meacham (1881 – 1967).

He died on 16 January 1930 in Edgbaston, Birmingham. A legacy from his estate was used to create The C J B Meacham Trust, which is now administered by the Diocese of Coventry. It provides credit to the Diocesan stipends fund.



He wrote

  • Song: Oh lady, leave they silken thread 1878
  • Song: Lead kindly light 1879
  • Anthem: Come unto me 1883
  • Benedictus and Agnus Dei 1886
  • Song: England’s Glory 1889
  • Solemn Processional March 1893.[3]
  • Andante Religioso 1894
  • Anthem: It is a good thing to give thanks 1896
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in F 1896
  • Anthem: The Lord is my Shepherd
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Henry Simms
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St. Philip's Church, Birmingham
Succeeded by
Richard Yates Mander


  1. ^ British musical biography. James Duff Brown, Stephen Samuel Stratton – 1897
  2. ^ Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Saturday 27 May 1871
  3. ^ A directory of composers for organ. John Henderson. 1999. P.287