John Stafford Smith

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John Stafford Smith was born

1750

John Stafford Smith was born in 1750 and baptized in March of the same year at the Gloucester Cathedral.

Appointment

1761

John Stafford Smith became Chorister and organist of Chapel Royal

Society Founding

1766

Anacreontic Society founded; met at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand, London.

Award

1774

John Stafford Smith was awarded a prize for his glees from the Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Catch Club. While he received numerous awards from the club, the award in 1774 was for his piece, “let happy lovers fly where pleasures call.”

Award

1775

John Stafford Smith was awarded prizes for his glees from the Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Catch Club

Award

1776

John Stafford Smith was awarded prizes for his glees from the Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Catch Club

Society Membership

1776

John Stafford Smith became a member of the Royal Society of Musicians (founded 1738; royal charters 1790, 1987) on October 6 1776.

Marriage

1776

John Stafford Smith married Elizabeth Boyce, daughter of Dr. William Boyce.

Award

1777

John Stafford Smith was awarded prizes for his glees from the Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Catch Club

Published Work

1779

John Stafford Smith published A Collection of English Songs in Score, Composed About the Year 1500.

Award

1780

John Stafford Smith was awarded prizes for his glees from the Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Catch Club

Composition

1780

John Stafford Smith composed the music for “To Anachreon in Heaven” (the music used for the US National Anthem)

Appointment

1784

John Stafford Smith was admitted to the Chapel Royal as a tenor on December 16, 1784.

Appointment

1785

John Stafford Smith was appointed Lay vicar at Westminster Abbey.

Appointment

1790

John Stafford Smith was the organist at the Three Choirs Festivel at Gloucester.

Published Work

1799

John Stafford Smith published his fifth book of glees (containing a harmonized version of “To Anacreon in Heaven”).

Published Work

1800

John Stafford Smith published Anthems, Composed for the Choir-Service of the Church of England (20 anthems)

Appointment

1802 - 1836

John Stafford Smith was appointed organist of the Chapel Royal.

Appointement

1805 - 1817

John Stafford Smith was appointed Master of the Children at the Chapel Royal on May 14, 1805 (until he resigned 1817).

Published Work

1812

John Stafford Smith published Musica Antiqua, a two-volume anthology spanning 12th-18th centuries.

John Stafford Smith's Death

1836

John Stafford Smith died at Paradise Row, Chelsea; was buried in St. Luke’s churchyard [John Goss and John Ireland were organists here; Charles Dickens was married here 1836].

Library Sold

1844

John Stafford Smith's library (owned by daughter Gertrude) was sold at auction on April 24, 1844.