Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Ashley, John James

ASHLEY, JOHN JAMES (1772–1815), second son of John Ashley [see Ashley, John, 1734?–1805], a pupil of Schroeter, was for several years organist at Covent Garden Theatre. He was one of the most successful singing masters of his day, some of his most celebrated pupils being Mrs. Vaughan, Mrs. Salmon, and Charles Smith. He composed some pianoforte music and a few sets of songs. He became a member of the Royal Society of Musicians 5 Aug. 1792, and died on 5 Jan. 1815.

[Gent. Mag. for 1815; Records of Roy. Soc. of Musicians.]

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