A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Chipp, Edmund

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CHIPP, Edmund Thomas, Mus. Doc. Cantab., eldest son of the late T. P. Chipp (well known as the player of the 'Tower drums'), born Christmas Day, 1823, educated in her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James's. Studied the violin under Nadaud and Tolbecque, and entered the Queen's private band in 1844 [App. p.587 adds that "he was in the Queen's private band from 1843 to 1845"]. Became known as an organist of some repute, and in 47 succeeded Dr. Gauntlett at St. Olave's, a position he resigned on being elected organist to St. Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap. On Mr. Best's retirement from the Panopticon, Mr. Chipp was chosen to succeed him as organist [App. p.587 gives date of appointment as 1855], and retained the appointment until the close of that institution. He was invited to become organist to Holy Trinity, Paddington [App. p.587 gives date of appointment as 1856], where he remained until his appointment as organist of the Ulster Hall, Belfast, in 62. In 66 he was appointed organist to the Kinnaird Hall, Dundee, and also to St. Paul's Church, Edinburgh. In the following year the position of organist and Magister Choristarum to Ely Cathedral was offered him, a position which he still (1877) occupies. [App. p.587 adds that "he took the degree of Mus. B. at Cambridge in 1859, and that of Mus. D. in 1860. He died at Nice, Dec. 17, 1886. (Dict. of Nat. Biog.)"]

The works produced by this composer are the Oratorio of 'Job'; 'Naomi, a Sacred Idyl'; a book of 24 sketches for the organ, and various minor works, songs, etc.