James Kendrick Pyne

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James Kendrick Pyne

James Kendrick Pyne (5 February 1852 – 3 September 1938) was an English organist and composer.[1]


He was born in Bath into a musical family.[1] His father, also James Kendrick Pyne (1810–1893) was organist at Bath Abbey for 53 years and his grandfather, also James Kendrick Pyne (1788–1857) was a tenor.[2] His great uncle George Pyne was an alto singer, and George Pyne's daughters Susan and Louisa Pyne were both accomplished singers. At the age of 12 his father sent him to study with Samuel Sebastian Wesley, organist at Winchester and later Gloucester Cathedral.

In 1873 he became organist at Chichester Cathedral. In 1874 he went to the United States to become organist at St. Mark's, Philadelphia. A year later Pyne returned to England to Manchester where he would become a leading figure in the musical life of the city. He took over the organist position at Manchester Cathedral and later became organist for the City Corporation. In 1893 he was appointed professor of the organ at the Royal Manchester College of Music and became Dean of the Faculty of Music in 1908.[1] He lived at Milverton Lodge, on Anson Road in Victoria Park, Manchester. He retired from work at the Cathedral in 1908 but continued work at the College until 1926 when he retired to Essex where he died in Ilford in 1938.[3]

Kendrick Pyne's studio 4-manual instrument which was his teaching instrument at the Royal Manchester College of Music is now at St Peter's Collegiate Church in Ruthin, Denbighshire, and was rebuilt by Henry Willis & Sons in 2003.


Compositions include:[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Rosenthal, Harold; Williamson, Rosemary (2001). "James Kendrick Pyne (b. Bath 5 February 1852 d. Ilford 3 September 1938)". In Sadie, Stanley. New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 20. London: Macmillan. p. 641. ISBN 0-333-60800-3. 
  2. ^ Charles Edward Horn (Author); Michael Kassler (Editor) (2003) Charles Edward Horn's Memoirs of His Father and Himself, pg. 44, Society for Theatre Research, London ISBN 978-0-75463-174-3
  3. ^ "Obituaries, Dr. J. K. Pyne, Distinguished Organist" (5 Sep 1938) The Times, p. 14
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Francis Edward Gladstone
Organist and Master of the Choristers
of Chichester Cathedral

Succeeded by
Charles Henry Hylton Stewart