Dewar, James (DNB00)

DEWAR, JAMES (1793–1846), musician, born in Scotland 26 July 1793, became deputy leader of the band at the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, in 1807, and was afterwards musical director. From 1815 to 1835 he was organist at St. George's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh; he also conducted the Edinburgh Musical Association. He died at Edinburgh on 4 Jan. 1846. An arrangement of Scotch airs for the piano, which he had orchestrated for the theatre, was published after his death. He also composed a little unimportant vocal music, which never obtained more than a local celebrity.

[Brown's Dict. of Musicians; Edinburgh newspapers for January 1847.]

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