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JAMES TURLE (1802-1882), English organist and composer, was born at Taunton, Somerset, and started as a choir boy at Wells Cathedral. In 1817 he became a pupil in London of the organist at Westminster Abbey, and after acting as deputy for some years he succeeded to this post himself in 1831 and held it till his death. He and Sir John Goss, the organist at St Paul's, had been fellow-pupils in London as boys. Tune was a great organist in his day, and composed a good deal of church music which is still well known. His son Henry Frederic Turle (1835-1883) was editor of Notes and Queries.

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