Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Chipp, Thomas Paul

CHIPP, THOMAS PAUL (1793–1870), musician, was born in London 25 May 1793. He was educated in the choir of Westminster Abbey and learnt the piano from Clementi, but in the early part of his life was distinguished as a performer on the harp, for which instrument he wrote several popular pieces. In 1818 he was engaged by Sir Henry Bishop for the orchestra of Covent Garden Theatre, and in 1826 by Monk Mason for Her Majesty’s Theatre. In his later life he was well known as a drummer. For fifty-three years Chipp was a member of all the principal Hendon orchestras. He played at the coronations of George IV, William IV, and Victoria. His last appearance in public took place at the Worcester Festival in 1866. He died at Camden Town on Sunday’L19 June 1870, leaving two sons, Edmund Thomas [q. v.], and Horatio, a violoncellist.

[Information from Miss Chipp; Baptie’s Musical Biography; Musical Times, xiv. 525; Musical Directory, 1870-l.]

W. B. S.