Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Brind, Richard

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BRIND, RICHARD (d. 1718), organist, was educated as a chorister in St. Paul's Cathedral, probably under Jeremiah Clarke. On the death of the latter in 1707, Brind succeeded him as organist of the cathedral, a post he held until his death, which took place in March 1717–18. He was buried in the vaults of St. Paul's on 18 March. Administration of his effects was granted to his father, Richard Brind, on 7 April 1718. In the grant he is described as being a bachelor. Brind seems to have been no very remarkable performer, and his sole claim to be remembered is that he was the master of Maurice Greene. His only recorded compositions are two thanksgiving anthems, which were scarcely known when Hawkins wrote his 'History of Music,' and have now entirely disappeared. It was during Brind's tenure of office at St. Paul's that Handel frequently took his place at the cathedral organ.

[Hawkins's History of Music (ed. 1853), ii. 767; Probate Register, Somerset House; Burial Register of St. Gregory by St.Paul; information from the Revs. E. Hoskins and W. Sparrow Simpson, and Mr. J. Chulloner Smith.]

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