A child prodigy, the English composer and organist William Crotch was born 5 July in Norwich
in 1775. He played the organ
from 4, wrote an oratorio at 14, and the following year became organist at Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford
. He composed prolifically and was the first Principal of the Royal Academy of Music in London
. He died in Taunton on 29 December 1847.